TRINITY HEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP

TRINITY HEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP

 

February 4, 2021, Steubenville, Ohio – Trinity Health System is pleased to announce that they have completed the search for a leadership position within the healthcare ministry.  Dwayne Richardson, MSN, BSN, RN, a Philadelphia native, has accepted the position as President of Twin City Medical Center in Dennison, Ohio.  This role will also include responsibility for the health system’s overall outpatient services in all outlying locations.  Richardson is replacing Teresa Gagliardi who has served the ministry for nearly 50 years and most recently as the Vice President of Hospital Operations at the Dennison location.

 

“As our ministry continues to grow in our region, we felt the time was right to recruit an experienced leader to help facilitate that growth in Tuscarawas, Harrison and Belmont Counties,” stated Matt Grimshaw, CEO for Trinity Health System.

 

With over 30 years in healthcare, Richardson most recently served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Operations for LifeBridge Health in Baltimore and Westminster, Maryland.  Prior to working in Maryland, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO at Placentia-Linda Hospital, a part of Tenet Health, located in Orange County, California.

 

Richardson began his career as a Radiology Technologist and specialized in pediatric and adult radiography.  He then became a Registered Nurse and practiced in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Emergency/Trauma departments.

 

Richardson is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, where he earned his Associate of Science degree in Radiology Technology.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Management and Leadership from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

“I am excited to join the healthcare ministry at Trinity Health System, Twin City Medical Center,” states Richardson.  “I look forward to providing exceptional care to the communities that we serve together and my goal is to enhance our services even further.”

 

Richardson has been married to his best friend and wife, Wanda, for nearly 18 years.  They have one daughter, Lisa.  He is passionate about his faith and love of the Lord.  He enjoys spending time with family, culinary arts, movies, shopping and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle from time to time.

 

Richardson will join the leadership team in March, 2021.

 

 

“We are extremely grateful to Teresa Gagliardi, for extending her career by nearly a year after her planned retirement,” stated Grimshaw.  “Her lifetime of service to our health ministry has impacted many lives and we wish her the very best as she enters a new chapter of her life.”

 

Trinity Health System Begins COVID-19 Vaccinations for Front Line Caregivers

Trinity Health System Begins COVID-19 Vaccinations for Front Line Caregivers

December 23, 2020 – Earlier today Trinity Health System began vaccinating front line caregivers with the COVID-19 Vaccine with support from the Jefferson County Health Department. This first round was offered voluntarily to fifty employees who are likely to be working with patients diagnosed with the virus. The group included employees from nursing, environmental services, transport services, emergency room physicians and medical residents to name a few.
Jennifer Davis, Director of the Pharmacy at the health system stated “Cooperation with our local health department has been essential in making sure we could begin the vaccination process as soon as possible.”
Employees and physicians interviewed after receiving the vaccination had a similar message for our community. James Middleton, Chief Nursing Officer, compared the vaccination to the polio vaccine of years ago. “When we were younger, we had to have the polio vaccine prior to beginning school. Many people were concerned about that vaccine as well, but it has eliminated polio in most instances.” Middleton continued “This vaccine is truly showing human kindness to our friends and family. By taking the vaccine, we are protecting the most vulnerable and increasing immunity in our community.”
Now that the FDA has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, most hospitals and health departments will begin to make the vaccine available. An Emergency Use Authorization means that the vaccine can be distributed and administered immediately. A separate authorization will be issued for each vaccine developed. Several vaccines are in development.
Both of the vaccines require two doses. The Pfizer vaccine doses must be administered 21 days apart, and the Moderna vaccine doses must be administered three or four weeks apart.
Initially, only a small number of doses of the vaccines are available. Federal guidance indicates that health care workers should receive the vaccine first, along with a few other high-risk groups, including first responders and employees/patients in long-term care facilities. As more supply of the vaccine becomes available, more groups will be eligible to receive it. We expect that the vaccine may be widely available to everyone by spring or summer 2021.
“Although we are confident that the benefits of the vaccines outweigh the risks, there is much we still won’t know, including how long the vaccine protects against COVID-19,” said Dr. John Columbus, Director of the Emergency Physician group at Trinity Health System. “Because this is a new vaccine, we do not have data on long-term safety. We also do not know how the virus may change in the future, or whether this vaccine may protect against virus mutations.”
While healthcare professionals wait for the vaccine to be widely available, it is important that everyone continues to follow CDC guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. Please remember to wash your hands regularly, always wear face coverings in public, and follow social distancing guidelines and government quarantine directives.

About Trinity Health System: Trinity Health System provides care to a service area of just over 200,000 individuals. Accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals, a member of the American Hospital Association, Voluntary Hospitals of America and the Catholic Hospital Association, Trinity Health System offers a full array of acute and outpatient services on three campuses. Trinity Health System has a Medical Group Enterprise with primary care and specialty providers located throughout the service area.
Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.

Trinity Health System Sees Sharp Jump in COVID Testing

Trinity Health System Sees Sharp Jump in COVID Testing

December 7, 2020 – With Jefferson county remaining in the “red zone” for coronavirus infections, the number of COVID-19 tests being done at Trinity Health System has also seen a sharp jump. “Since April, we have been offering in-house COVID-19 testing for our patients”, said Dr. Himanshu Doshi, Chairman & Medical Director of Trinity Health System Laboratory. “Back in the summer months we were testing 150-200 patients a week while over last several weeks we have seen those numbers increase to over 150 tests being done in a single day. We are seeing the most serious surge of the virus since its beginning. All summer, we have been preparing for this and praying that it would not happen”, Dr. Doshi said.

Over the summer, Trinity acquired a higher capacity RT-PCR machine, which can run up-to 90 tests at a time. “There are days when we are running 2-3 runs of tests in a single day. We have dedicated microbiology technologists to just run this highly complex test. Currently we have 3 separate platforms (different machines) which can run the RT-PCR tests.” Turn-around time for getting test results is 24 hours in most cases. This is in sharp contrast to most other laboratories where it takes much longer to get the results.

Dr. Mark Kissinger, The Medical Director of Jefferson County Health Department said “From a public health standpoint, one of the biggest difficulties in this pandemic has been timely identification of COVID positive patients. Through the efforts of Dr. Doshi and the Trinity Lab staff, we have had test results much faster than other local hospitals and reference laboratories. This has allowed us to identify patients much faster. The faster results have led to appropriate isolation of positive patients in order to decrease spread of the disease. It also allows us to have close follow-up with positive patients so we can attend to needs that may arise.”

Dr. Doshi continued saying “The Franciscan University Professors Dr. Joseph Pathakamuri and Dr. Daniel Kuebler have provided invaluable help in increasing our testing to large volume. We are using the Robotic RNA extractor equipment on loan from the University for the testing. This has cut down on the time it takes to run the test. Both Drs. Pathakamuri and Kuebler helped in setting up the test and also loaned us initial RT-PCR equipment before we acquired our own machine. They are also always available for trouble-shooting for this complicated test. It has been a great team effort”.

Theresa Clark, Market Director of Trinity Laboratory Services added “the challenge we are facing right now is in getting all the supplies needed to run the test. All consumables from pipette tips to plates to actual reagents used for testing are in short supply. With careful pre-planning, help from our parent organization  CommonSpirit Health and help from the Franciscan University, so far we have been able to meet the needs of the community”.

“It’s important to note that none of this would be possible without our staff,” noted Matt Grimshaw, President & CEO. “I’d like to recognize our dedicated microbiology staff particularly Diane Harris, the section supervisor and Amanda Gaston and Joe Brinskey the microbiology technologists who are our COVID-warriors and run the actual tests every day”.

Trinity Health System recently opened a COVID Drive Through Evaluation Clinic located at our East Campus.  Individuals can be evaluated in their car by a provider and receive the COVID test if applicable.  COVID testing is also available at the clinic with a valid physician’s order.  There is no copay or out of pocket cost for the COVID testing at the hospital.

 

About Trinity Health System: Trinity Health System provides care to a service area of just over 200,000 individuals. Accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals, a member of the American Hospital Association, Voluntary Hospitals of America and the Catholic Hospital Association, Trinity Health System offers a full array of acute and outpatient services on three campuses. Trinity Health System has a Medical Group Enterprise with primary care and specialty providers located throughout the service area.

Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.

 

Trinity Health System Welcomes New Interventional and Structural Heart Cardiologists

16 Nov 2020 News

Trinity Health System Welcomes New Interventional and Structural Heart Cardiologists

November 16, 2020 – Steubenville, Ohio – Trinity Health System is pleased to announce the expansion of its cardiology group. The new additions include interventional and structural heart cardiologists Dr. Gregory Suero Abreu and Dr. Triston Smith along with members of their cardiovascular team; nurse practitioners Breana Burkhart, Danielle Rosen and physician assistants Brandon Bolduc and Caitlyn Williams. The team most recently practiced at Wheeling Hospital where Dr. Suero was the Director of the Catheterization Labs and Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT), and Dr. Smith the Clinical Director of Structural Heart and Complex Coronary Interventions as well as the Chairman of the Department of Cardiology.

What this means for the hospital’s cardiovascular program is the ability to expand the array of cardiovascular services now being offered.  “Developing a structural heart program will allow Trinity Health System to provide options that are much less invasive than traditional open-heart surgery which can be performed locally without the need for lengthy travels and the inconveniences this may cause,“said Matt Grimshaw, President & CEO for the health system.  The historical standard treatment for patients in need of aortic valve replacement is open-heart surgery. However, for those at high risk, this strategy might not be ideal. Other patients feel very apprehensive about undergoing open heart surgery and would prefer a less invasive procedure. Now there is hope; it’s called TAVR or transcatheter aortic valve replacement. With TAVR, a small incision in the groin allows a new valve to be inserted through a catheter, providing a less invasive procedure that leads to faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay, even as short as 1 day.  Current trials have shown TAVR to be a superior strategy compared to open heart surgery in some situations. With the addition of these two highly qualified physicians and the team they have assembled, Trinity Health System will soon be able to offer TAVR, giving patients hope for a longer life and a speedy recovery.

“The addition of Drs Suero and Smith to our cardiology team brings us the expertise to develop a state-of-the-art structural heart program,” said Dr. Rick Greco, President of the Medical Group Enterprise at Trinity Health System. “This new service for our community will provide the option for minimally invasive procedures as an alternative to open heart surgery for  aortic valve replacement and other procedures.”  Dr. Greco continues, “These procedures are rapidly becoming the preferred treatment option for people in need of aortic valve replacement, especially for those at high risk and more invasive surgery is too dangerous.”

Other structural heart procedures that Drs. Smith and Suero will be able to bring to Trinity Health System include left atrial appendage occlusion (Watchman) for patients with atrial fibrillation who cannot tolerate blood thinners, Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair for high risk patients who cannot undergo open heart surgery for significant mitral valve leakage, atrial septal defect (ASD) and patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure for patients with unexplained stroke as well as symptomatic paravalvular leak repairs, all without needing open heart surgery.

“Making the transition to Trinity Health System was an easy decision for us”, said Dr. Smith. “This area and this community are in desperate need of our services. Trinity Health had already made the necessary investments in terms of infrastructure and equipment that will allow us to hit the ground running thus ensuring a seamless transition. The foresight of the administrative body to build a Hybrid Cath Lab while not yet having the necessary manpower showed us Trinity’s commitment to its patients and its desire to deliver high quality cardiovascular care. Our goals therefore align perfectly so we are confident that this process will exceed expectations”.

Dr. Suero Abreu completed his medical education at Instituto Tecnològico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.  He completed his internal medicine residency as well as Cardiovascular and Interventional Cardiology Fellowships at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.  Dr. Suero Abreu is board certified in Interventional Cardiology (ABIM), Cardiovascular Disease (ABIM), Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Smith graduated valedictorian from the Higher Institute of Medical Sciences located in Santa Clara, Cuba.  He was an academic Fellow of Human Physiology at St. George’s University School of Medicine in St. George’s Grenada.  He completed his internal medicine residency at Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health Network (Pittsburgh, Pa) and Temple University School of Medicine.  Dr. Smith continued his education with a General Cardiology Fellowship where he was the Chief Fellow followed by an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship both at, Allegheny Health Network and Temple University School of Medicine.  Dr. Smith is board certified in Internal Medicine, Adult General Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology (ABIM), Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology.

“We are extremely excited about this great opportunity and the vote of confidence Trinity Health System is putting on us. They are showing us they are truly committed to the best patient care with the highest possible quality adhering to proper protocols and current guidelines. We understand the apprehension of requiring an invasive procedure like open heart surgery or being told you need to go to a big hospital to get the care you need. We are trying to change that.  With a heart team approach, we can discuss with our patients the best option for their care while providing that care close to home without the need of traveling”- Dr. Suero said.

Dr. Suero Abreu, Dr. Smith and their Advanced Practice Providers will provide services at the Trinity Health Cardiovascular Center of Excellence in our Belmont County Location 106 Plaza Drive, St. Clairsville OH, as well as at our main campus in Steubenville, Ohio.  To schedule an appointment, please call our dedicated cardiology line at 800-318-1794.

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About Trinity Health System: Trinity Health System provides care to a service area of just over 200,000 individuals. Accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals, a member of the American Hospital Association, Voluntary Hospitals of America and the Catholic Hospital Association, Trinity Health System offers a full array of acute and outpatient services on three campuses. Trinity Health System has a Medical Group Enterprise with primary care and specialty providers located throughout the service area.

Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.

 

 

Brandon Bolduc, PA; Danielle Rosen, NP; Dr. Triston Smith, MD; Dr. Gregory Suero- Abreu, MD; Caitlyn Williams, PA; and Bre Burkhart, NP

Trinity Health System Will Allow Limited Visitation

 

Trinity Health System Will Allow Limited Visitation

 

Steubenville, Ohio. (May 18, 2020) – Trinity Health System will ease visitor restrictions at its West campus effective immediately, in accordance with guidance from Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health. The hospital will allow one visitor per patient per day as they expand the number of non-emergent and non-urgent procedures following a shutdown in those services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The hospital had adopted a zero visitor policy in March.

 

As restrictions are eased, they will continue to require screening at all entrances, and for anyone who enters the building to wear a mask and practice good hand hygiene. Anyone with a fever, cough, runny nose or body aches is asked to not visit the hospital. Patients and visitors are asked to limit the number of personal items in the hospital to reduce the number of germs taken home. Visitors are asked to leave the hospital when their visit is over and not spend time in public areas, such as lobbies, waiting areas, cafeterias and vending areas.

 

Visitor restrictions and guidance are in place to protect patients, visitors and staff from the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.  Restrictions for no visitors will remain in place for our East Campus at this time.

 

New guidelines include the following:

 

General Visitation

  • One designated visitor will be allowed per patient per day. If during the hospital stay, the designated visitor needs to change to a different person, the patient will notify the nurse. If the patient is unable to identify a visitor, the power of attorney will be responsible for identifying the designated visitor.
  • No Visitors under age 14.
  • Visitors will not be allowed to reenter the facility after 9 p.m.
  • Visitors must wear a cloth mask or KEEP one loop mask.
  • Visitor must stay in room, leaving only to obtain food from the cafeteria. Visitors may not use the lobby areas as lounge areas.
  • All outside food must be prepackaged and sealed. All packages are subject to inspection by security.

Emergency Department

  • One visitor is allowed to accompany patients for assistance.
  • If the waiting area cannot accommodate new visitors, the visitor may be asked to wait outside or in an alternate designated waiting area and be called to come in when patient is taken back to a treatment room.
  • Once in ED, visitor remains with patient until patient is discharged or admitted. Visitors may not leave the room to go outside and return.

 

Hospital ICU Procedures

  • One designated visitor will be allowed per patient per day following posted visiting hours.
  • Visitors may not leave the room to go outside or use the lobby areas as lounge areas.
  • Visitors may not stay overnight in waiting room areas.

Exceptions

  • End of life patients – those patients not expected to survive a hospital stay – may have two visitors. General visitation rules apply.
  • For emergency surgeries and procedures one visitor may check in after 9 p.m.

 

Visitors may not accompany patients who are having a non-invasive outpatient test without sedation unless the patient clearly needs assistance due to issues with physical mobility or mental/verbal comprehension.  No visitors for positive COVID-19 patients or those on the PUI COVID pathway.

 

Trinity Health System appreciates your cooperation with these efforts to keep our most vulnerable loved ones safe.

 

Trinity Health System to Begin Resuming Paused Services

Trinity Health System Prepares to Resume Paused Services


April 29, 2020 – Steubenville, Ohio
– Trinity Health System announced today that it is preparing to safely resume some scheduled procedures and services, following guidance from Governor DeWine, national health officials and clinical associations.

“Like most hospitals, Trinity Health System stopped performing certain procedures and services to prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients and ensure we could provide these patients with the safest care,” said Dr. Pat Macedonia, Chief of Surgery for the Health System.   “In taking the steps to resume some procedures, Trinity Health System is using criteria that is based on guidance from the CDC, US Surgeon General, American Hospital Association, and the leading national associations of nurses, surgeons, and anesthesiologists.”

“The safety of our patients and staff always comes first,” Dr. Macedonia continued. “We will continue to take significant steps to make sure it is safe to provide care and be treated at our hospital.  In addition, to existing safety precautions like limiting visitation and universal masking for staff and patients, we are asking that patients wear their own cloth mask or face covering when coming to our facilities, including our hospitals, clinics and physician offices.  We won’t be able to provide every service right away – rather this will be a gradual process, with the most urgent procedures being prioritized using a process created by our clinical teams.”

“In the initial phases, we will be scheduling procedures that will not require hospitalization.  We will also be resuming screening mammography and colonoscopy procedures,” stated Dr. Macedonia.

Trinity Health System officials advise that if you had a procedure that was temporarily postponed, you may be able to reschedule that now.  Please call your physician for information on moving forward.

“Serving our communities is our calling, and safely resuming these procedures is one of the best ways we can help our communities heal” said Matt Grimshaw, CEO. “Even though we have not been able to perform these procedures, they are critically important to our patients to help alleviate pain, treat chronic conditions, or prevent a condition from worsening. We look forward to doing what our mission calls us to do each day and provide the care that our patients and our communities depend on.”

 

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About Trinity Health System:  Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.

Trinity Health System Announces In-house COVID-19 Testing

Trinity Health System Announces In-house COVID-19 Testing

Franciscan University Loans Testing Equipment to Trinity Health System Laboratory

 
April 17, 2020 – Trinity Health System announced today that they have developed an in-house molecular test for the diagnosis of the COVID-19 infection. Up until now, this test was being sent out to a reference laboratory in Pittsburgh. Trinity Health System is the only hospital in the area to offer in-house testing.

“Widespread availability of diagnostic testing is critical in helping identify and control the emergence of this rapidly spreading illness,” said Himanshu Doshi, M.D., Chairman & Medical Director of the Trinity Health System laboratory.  “While our lab has all the necessary state of the art equipment to run the tests, we were limited by lack of availability of the FDA approved testing kits. Therefore we decided to develop an in-house test.”

Beginning Monday April 20, Trinity Health System will be performing the molecular RT-PCR test for detection of COVID-19 virus in the microbiology laboratory located at the West Campus of the health system.

According to Dr. Doshi, “this would not have been possible without the invaluable help from the Franciscan University Professors of Biology, Dr. Daniel Kuebler and Dr. Joseph Pathakamuri.  These two local institutions, Trinity Health System and Franciscan University, came together for the benefit of the community. The test will be run on PCR equipment on loan from Franciscan University, making us the only hospital laboratory in the area that offers in-house testing.”

Validation studies have been completed for the test and Trinity Health System will be applying for the emergency use authorization from the FDA.  The tests will only be performed if patients meet criteria for COVID-19 testing established by the Ohio Department of Health.

Trinity health System runs a full-service, state of the art laboratory which is accredited by the CMS for intermediate and/or high complexity testing. The Trinity Health System laboratory is also accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). The laboratory is staffed by 3 physician Pathologists and 84 Laboratory Professionals who conduct nearly one million tests in a calendar year.

 

It is perfect timing for this announcement as next week is National Laboratory Week honoring professionals serving in our Nation’s laboratories.  Scientists across the world are intimately involved with COVID-19 testing and Trinity Health System is proud of the work that our stellar team is conducting in our community.

Trinity Launches FREE Virtual Urgent Care

 

Trinity Health System Offers Free Virtual Urgent Care Visits for Patients Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

Health system encourages communities to consult with a medical professional virtually for initial medical guidance on the coronavirus

         
 

March 24, 2020— Trinity Health System today announced the launch of a free virtual urgent care service, Virtual Care Anywhere, for anyone in our community experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of the new coronavirus. Virtual urgent care visits are being encouraged as an initial care option for anyone who would like to discuss symptoms characteristic of COVID-19 with a health care professional.

As ambulatory and acute care facilities across the country experience an increase in the number of patients with COVID-19 symptoms, virtual health care visits can help providers meet demand while reducing potential transmission of the coronavirus. The service is a safe and convenient way for people to speak with a medical professional for advice without needing to visit a physical care location.

To use the service, visit trinityhealth.com/virtualcare, download the Virtual Care Anywhere app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or call 855-356-8053 and use the coupon code COVID19. The service has a fee of $35 per visit, and the fee will be waived for any patient who thinks they may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. After requesting an appointment, a virtual care provider will contact the patient once they are available, typically within 15-30 minutes, although high demand may result in longer wait times. The service is on-demand and does not accept appointments.

 

“Virtual urgent care visits are one way we will help patients with COVID-19 symptoms and assess their options for treatment or testing,” said Rick Greco, DO, president of the Trinity Medical Group Enterprise. “Virtual visits allow for timely care delivery without putting other patients our clinicians at risk for contracting the virus. And while it’s not intended to replace in-person care visits, it will help reduce patient volumes at care sites so we can serve those who need care the most.”

Health care experts are recommending virtual urgent care for patients with less severe symptoms of COVID-19 such as low-grade fever, a cough, or shortness of breath. People with mild symptoms who are evaluated virtually by a medical professional can avoid interacting with others and ensure they receive the appropriate level of care in the right setting.

Anyone experiencing severe symptoms of a respiratory illness, such as a high fever or difficulty breathing, should call 911 or visit your nearest care site.  Trinity Health System encourages people to call their medical facility in advance to notify the care team of any COVID-19 symptoms before visiting in person.

       
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About Trinity Health System:  Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.

 

 

Trinity Health System Adopting Highly Restrictive Visitation Policy

Trinity Health System Adopting Highly Restrictive Visitation Policy

STEUBENVILLE, OHO – Effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020, Trinity Health System will have a new visitation policy in effect.  The health system is adopting a highly restrictive visitation policy designed to protect our patients and associates. The following changes will remain in effect until further notice.

NO VISITORS will be allowed in the hospital with the following exceptions:

  • Outpatient procedures/surgery or outpatient testing: 1 visitor allowed.
  • Obstetric patients are allowed ONE VISITOR PER PATIENT PER DAY
  • Pediatric patients are allowed ONE VISITOR PER PATIENT PER DAY
  • We will work with critically ill and end of life situations to accommodate your needs.
  • Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis and medical decision-makers will be available by phone.

 

Greeters will be screening at the designated entrances with a list of basic questions to help ensure that individuals who might spread the virus get the care they need while not exposing patients, staff, and other guests.  Until the COVID pandemic has subsided:

  • People with fever, cough, sore throat, or other flu-like symptoms are not permitted to visit any area of the hospital.
  • People who have traveled to high-risk areas for COVID-19 or had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 are not permitted to visit any area of the hospital.
  • No visitors under the age of 18 will be permitted to visit our hospital campuses except for pediatric medical appointments – Trinity Health System West, Trinity Health System East, Trinity Hospital Twin City and the Tony Teramana Cancer Center.
  • We respectfully request caregivers stay in the patient’s room the entire time of the visit except to obtain meals.  No congregating in public spaces, lobbies or lounges.

During this time, visitors may want to consider alternative communication options, if available, such as phone, Facetime, Skype, text, or email.

We understand this change in policy may be difficult for families, but it is imperative we take additional precautions to keep our patients and community safe during this global pandemic.

For more information on how to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.

 

Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.

 

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