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 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.

 

Trinity Health System Announces Belmont County Expansion

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OH – The leadership of Trinity Health System has been working with local physicians, healthcare and community leaders in the wake of OVMC and EORH ceasing operations. Our goal has been to minimize any potential gap in access to healthcare services for patients affected by the closures. Patients should continue to have uninterrupted access to care, employees should be given opportunities for continued employment and providers must continue to practice medicine and care for their patients. That is our goal.

“Minimizing the disruption of patient care is absolutely our priority,” said Matt Grimshaw, President & CEO for Trinity Health System. “We want to ensure that patients understand the options for health care available in our community during this difficult time, and moving forward.”

As a result of these efforts, Trinity Health System is pleased to announce that we have agreements with fourteen physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who will be continuing to serve the community as part of the Trinity Medical Group Enterprise. But more importantly, Trinity Health System has secured the former EORH Outpatient buildings located behind Riesbeck’s in St. Clairsville, Ohio. This location will provide space for primary care providers, laboratory services, radiology, physical therapy and much more. In addition, Trinity Health System will be leasing space in the Kroger Plaza in Bellaire, Ohio, for primary care providers. Both locations will eventually be open six days per week, Monday – Saturday with scheduled appointments as well as “walk in” availability. After some renovations to the space, the open date is set for October 28, 2019.

“We did have extended discussions with Alecto and Medical Properties Trust (MPT) in the hopes of finding an alternative solution to maintain some hospital operations, but were unable to discern a viable result.” said Grimshaw. “And we will continue to explore additional opportunities as we go forward that could include more providers, additional locations and new services.”
As more information becomes available, we will provide updates. As we have for over 100 years, we remain committed to serving the health care needs of patients of the Ohio Valley.

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.

LPN Open House

Trinity Health System will be hosting an LPN meet-and-greet luncheon on August 16 from Noon – 1:30 p.m.  We are extending this invitation to the public to entice new graduates and LPN’s in the workforce to attend who are looking for employment.

 

The luncheon will be held in our Sullivan Room located on the second floor at Trinity West.  The invitees should look for the elevators marked with a green circle and a white diamond in the middle.  Take the elevators to the second floor.  Step (RT) off the elevator and take another (RT) up the long hallway.  Veer to the left at the end of the hallway and the Sullivan Room is tucked away on the right just around a quick corner.  The room is adequately marked.

 

LPN’s will have an opportunity to meet the clinical managers of the floors as well as the Director of Nursing.  We will gladly answer any questions he/she may have and give a tour of some of the clinical areas.

 

RSVP’s are required and should be received by August 13.  RSVP’s can be sent to stevenlauck@trinityhealth.com.

Trinity Health System Announces Dedicated Women’s Service Line Development

Steubenville, Ohio – As part of our continued commitment to the Ohio Valley community, Trinity Health System takes yet another bold step forward in the delivery of care. Effective July 1, 2019, Trinity Health System will launch an integrated obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) practice. Beginning immediately, the ministry will recruit a women’s services team to include physicians, advanced practice nurses and support personnel to coordinate this new service line. As part of CommonSpirit Health, now the nation’s largest non-profit healthcare provider, we will utilize our national resources to locate quality providers. With our commitment to excellent care in the Ohio Valley, we will strive to create the premier women’s services program in the region.

 

“Our goal is to transform the delivery of care and tailor the healthcare needs of each patient to improve outcomes and the healing process” says Matt Grimshaw, CEO., We recognize that there is some uncertainty in our region with other healthcare providers. This decision reinforces our faithfulness in providing access to the care that is needed. The development of this dedicated women’s program within the Trinity Health System ministry will close any perceived gap in the provision of care for the women in our community.‚Äù

 

“Our Birth Center staff is made up of some of the most experienced labor and delivery nurses in the local area” Jim Middleton, Chief Nursing Officer. “They are passionate and devoted to the women and families they serve.”

 

During this transitional period, if you have questions about our women’s services, please call 844-TPG-CALL.

 

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.

Ground Breaking of New Patient Tower

More than 20 years in the making, community leaders gathered Wednesday to break ground for Trinity Health System’s $75 million building addition.

When it’s done two years from now, the five-story, 183,000-plus-square-foot space will feature more than 80 all-new private patient rooms with private baths and new public spaces, including a food court and atrium. It also means they’ll be able to move offices and services now based at Trinity Medical Center East onto the Trinity Medical Center West campus.

“It really is a leap of faith” Trinity CEO Matt Grimshaw said after the ceremonial groundbreaking. “But we believe we are uniquely positioned to make it happen and we also believe there’s some competitive positioning we can leverage.”

Grimshaw told the crowd gathered for the celebration the project is the culmination of a decades-old dream to consolidate the campuses of the former Ohio Valley and St. John hospitals.

“It has the potential to transform the health care landscape, not only for today but for generations to come” he said, calling it a “big deal, the culmination of a lot of work.” Mark Morelli, president of Trinity’s board of trustees, said they’ve been working on the multi-faceted plan since the two hospitals merged. “Today it’s finally starting to come to fruition” he said. “It’s been a long time coming, the last few months the delays have been agonizing” he said after the ceremony. “But I think it’s going to be good for our community. Our main (goal) is to have good health care for the community.”

Mayor Jerry Barilla called it “a great milestone in history, not just for Trinity Health System but also for the City of Steubenville and its growth” City Manager Jim Mavromatis said. “This will benefit the whole county, the whole valley.” Larry Schumacher, senior vice president for the Southeast Division of Catholic Health Initiatives, said the community needed the project, it’s needed it for years. “The time has come” he added. “(And) it gives us an opportunity to consolidate our two campuses, which will make health care more affordable and more efficient.”

Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2021. With the brick and mortar part of the project under way, THS Foundation Manager Catherine Poludniak said they’re kicking off a major capital campaign to ensure its loaded with the latest in innovative technology and state-of-the-art equipment. “We want the community to partner with us as we make a huge improvement to the Ohio Valley and reinvent health care for future generations” Poludniak said. “I truly believe this is something that will impact our community and our town for a lifetime.”

The Rev. James Dunfee, vicar general of the Diocese of Steubenville, offered a blessing for the site.

Trinity Health System Recognized Nationally

31 Aug 2018 News
Location: Steubenville, Ohio

 

TRINITY HEALTH SYSTEM RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY
FOR PROMOTING ORGAN, EYE, AND TISSUE DONATION

 

Trinity Health System was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The campaign has added more than 443,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide.

Trinity Health System conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors, and community members about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donors and, by doing so, increased the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry. The hospital earned points for each activity implemented between October 2017 and April 2018 and was awarded Bronze recognition through the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.

Of the 1,283 hospitals and transplant centers participating in the campaign, 244 Bronze Awards were awarded during this phase of the campaign.

“We are proud of our employees for their efforts to improve organ donation awareness in our community which could ultimately save lives.” Matt Grimshaw, Trinity Health System CEO. “Our employees continually look for ways to live out our mission to create healthier communities.”

This campaign is a special effort of HRSA’s Workplace Partnership for Life to mobilize the nation’s hospitals to increase the number of people in the country who are registered organ, eye, and tissue donors and ultimately, the number of organs available for transplant. The campaign unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their local organ procurement organizations, Donate Life America affiliates, and state and regional hospital associations. Working together, the teams leverage their communications resources and outreach efforts to most effectively spread word of the critical need for donors.

Trinity Health System, located in Steubenville, Ohio, is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), the largest faith-based healthcare organization in the country. Our mission is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research. Fidelity to the gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.

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