Trinity Health System to Consolidate Retail Pharmacy Services

Trinity Health System Announces Consolidation of Retail Pharmacy Services

 

Steubenville, Ohio. (July 15, 2020) – Trinity Health System announced today that they will consolidate their retail pharmacy services into one location at their West Campus.  The Ross Park Pharmacy, located at the East Campus, (1 Ross Park), will cease operations on September 1, 2020.  As a courtesy to our customers, all prescriptions will be transferred to the hospital’s West Campus location unless directed otherwise by the patron.  Individuals currently utilizing the East Campus location are asked to call 740-264-8222 if they have any questions.

 

The Ross Park Pharmacy location at the West Campus, 4100 Johnson Road, Suite 105, is a full service pharmacy.  Current hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5 pm.  Delivery service is available and an announcement about extended hours will be coming soon.

 

“We are honored to provide pharmacy services for our community and remain committed to continue this long standing service,” said Jennifer Davis, Director of Pharmacy.  “Consolidation allows us to better serve our customers in one location.”

 

Employees at the East Campus location will have the opportunity to apply for open positions throughout the health care system.

 

 

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.

 

Trinity Health System Suspends Elective Surgeries

TRINITY HEALTH SYSTEM Suspends Elective Surgeries

Precautionary actions taken as the number of COVJD-19 cases in Ohio increases

(March 17, 2020) –   As we continue to care for our communities during the COVID-19 outbreak, you have likely heard that the U.S. Surgeon General recently recommended that all hospitals across the country temporarily suspend elective procedures in order to maintain capacity and needed supplies for the anticipated increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospitalization.

Today, Governor Mike DeWine announced the decision that all hospitals in Ohio would implement this measure. The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) has been working with Governor DeWine to accommodate this new process in a manner that is least disruptive to our scheduled patients as well as meets the growing need for coronavirus care.  The OHA has released a document with full details about the new process, and you can read it here.

OHA states that if one or more of the following criteria are NOT met, the surgery can be postponed:

  • Threat to the patient’s life if surgery or procedure is not performed;
  • Threat of permanent dysfunction of an extremity or organ system;
  • Risk of metastasis or progression of staging;
  • Risk of rapidly worsening to severe symptoms (time sensitivity)

 

Prior to this announcement, Trinity Health System had notified their medical staff that we would be suspending these procedures beginning on Monday, March 23.  We have adjusted our timeline to adhere to the recommendation made today.  Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, Trinity Health System, along with all hospitals across the state, will start implementing this new, temporary process for postponing elective procedures. Our scheduling, surgery and access center teams have already begun working with our physicians to contact the impacted patients.  Procedures scheduled on Wednesday will proceed as planned.

“We understand that this will cause some stress and anxiety with our patients,” said John Figel, Chief Medical Officer for Trinity Health System. “Please know that these actions are being taken to preserve resources so that if this virus increases as the experts are indicating it may do in the coming days, we will be prepared to care for our community members in the most efficient way possible.  We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to rescheduling any and all postponed procedures in the near future.”

Trinity Health System encourages you to avoid group gatherings of ten or more, wash your hands, avoid touching your face and let someone know if you are feeling ill.  The Trinity ExpressCare is open 8 am – 8 pm if you feel you need evaluated.  Always contact your primary care physician first before going to the hospital or ExpressCare.  If you do not have a primary care physician, please call 844-TPG-CALL.

Please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for the latest information related to COVID-19 in our state and cdc.gov for National information.

 

 

 

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 Limits Visitation, Pauses Volunteer Program Due to Concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

TRINITY HEALTH SYSTEM Limits Visitation, Pauses Volunteer Program Due to Concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Precautionary actions taken as number of cases in Ohio increases

(March 12, 2020) – Trinity Health System is actively monitoring new developments related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ohio and across the United States. As the situation evolves, Trinity Health System is making changes related to visitation and operations.

Since last fall, we have implemented tighter visitation restrictions due to the seasonal flu outbreak. We are going beyond those measures in light of the rapidly changing coronavirus situation. Effective immediately, visitors will be limited to one (1) immediate family visitor per patient per day for hospitalized patients.

“Our top priority at Trinity Health System is the safety of our employees, patients, visitors and communities,” said John Figel, MD, chief medical officer for Trinity Health System. “Considering all of the recent recommendations and information, as well as the safety and well-being of our volunteers, we have made the decision to temporarily pause our volunteer programs. We are making these changes out of an abundance of caution.”

Similar to instances involving Ebola, SARS and MERS in the past, Trinity Health System is working with CommonSpirit Health and public health departments at the state and local levels, as well as with local governments on community response.

At this time, we are suspending our volunteer program until further notice.  We will also be cancelling recreational programs at our PrimeTime Senior Center until April 1, 2020.  We will evaluate the situation at that time.  Meal delivery services will continue as scheduled.  Please call the PrimeTime Senior Center directly with any specific questions regarding programming.  Their number is 740.314.5197.

Trinity Health System advises patients to utilize emergency rooms when symptoms are severe, such as high fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Patients should contact their regular health care provider by phone first if they are experiencing symptoms like cough, low-grade fever or other respiratory issues.

In addition, individuals with mild respiratory symptoms, cough, fever, etc., please go to our ExpressCare location in Wintersville, Ohio if you feel you need evaluated.  Current hours for this location are 8 am to 8 pm.  Anyone needing routine lab or radiology services are asked to utilize our other locations (Rural King Plaza, Toronto or Trinity West Campus) for these services.  Please do not go to the Wintersville ExpressCare location for routine laboratory and radiology services.  We are utilizing this location for individuals with mild respiratory symptoms.

Dr. Figel offered standard precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands frequently; it’s one of the most important steps in avoiding not only COVID-19, but also other illnesses, including the flu. And if you’re sick, stay home. If you develop a fever and lower respiratory symptoms such as a cough, talk with your physician or care provider.  Please call 844-TPG-CALL for appointments with Trinity Health System providers.  Visit trinityhealth.com or follow us on social media for updated information.

For additional information on COVID-19, please call the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 hotline 833-4-ASK-ODH.

 

 

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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