A message from Deanna Orfanidis, RN, Chief Nursing Officer:
NMC continues to adapt our approach to meeting our community’s medical needs with an emphasis on patient and staff safety. In keeping with the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order, NMC is extending the postponement of elective surgeries and procedures to at least May 15. We are standing by with a plan for increased appointments once we can restart these important services. We will be in touch with patients who have had a postponement to confirm rescheduling once we know when we can restart.
At the same, patient care continues safely at NMC and the physician practices in our community. We appreciate patients calling in advance of seeking care to determine what care setting best meets their needs. Here are some important reminders... read more »
Attention Urgent Care Patients: Beginning the morning of Sunday, April 12, NMC will be consolidating Urgent Care services to our St. Albans location on NMC’s main campus. We have seen a significant decline in the number of patients coming to the Georgia site and need to relocate that staff to help elsewhere.
Starting Sunday, April 12, Urgent Care Services will be available at our St. Albans location at the Medical Office Building seven days per week: Monday – Friday, 8am to 8pm; Saturday, 8am to 5pm; and Sunday, 9am to 3pm. The Urgent Care facility in Georgia will be closed until further notice.
We have taken the appropriate steps to ensure this is medically appropriate. We are separating non-respiratory-concern patients and providers and care areas away from those for patients with respiratory concerns. Please be assured that we are taking every measure to protect our patients and staff. This includes appropriate wearing of masks and increased housekeeping. We will continue to refine our processes as new information emerges and situations change. read more »
Concerned You May Have COVID-19?
Call NMC’s COVID-19 Hotline at 802-752-1500.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, shortness of breath, respiratory symptoms) and are seeking medical advice, please call NMC’s COVID-19 Hotline at (802) 752-1500.
- As always, if you have a medical emergency, please call 911;
- If you have a primary care provider who is not employed by NMC, you can call their office;
- If you have general questions about the coronavirus, please call 211.
This call is a telephone office visit. Each caller is registered, assessed by a provider, given appropriate medical direction, and billed as a primary care office visit (insurance coverage is the same as an in-office visit).
NMC providers are staffing this line 7 days per week to help you get the care you need: 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday; 8am to 5pm on Saturday; and 9am to 3pm on Sunday. If you have questions about your symptoms, please call us at (802) 752-1500.
Starting Wednesday, April 8, 2020, NMC is relocating our Outpatient Lab services to the Cobblestone Health Commons building at the back of NMC’s Campus. The move is designed to reduce foot traffic in the Medical Office Building as part of NMC’s COVID-19 preparedness. read more »
To protect patients, staff, and community members during the outbreak of COVID-19, NMC is currently restricting visitation. We know family members and loved ones play a key role in supporting and comforting those who are sick and ill, however, as we seek to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this temporary change is necessary.
Until further notice, no visitors will be allowed with the following limited exceptions and guidelines:
- Visitors must be screened prior to entrance – and must have an absence of symptoms.
- Visitors must be over the age of 18.
- The individual visitor for a patient must remain the same through the duration of stay.
- Visitors must remain in the patient room when in the organization.
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“NMC is saddened to share that in the past 24 hours, we have had our first death of a patient related to COVID-19,” said Chief Medical Quality Officer Dr. John Minadeo. “This weighs on us all and we extend our sympathies to the patient’s family.”
At this time, COVID-19 testing done through NMC has resulted in positive tests for 11 individuals from our service area. Three of those individuals have required admission to the hospital. The Department of Health provides updates on COVID-19 across the state on their website at: https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus read all »
“With the presence of COVID-19 in our community, we have understood that it was inevitable that employees from among our team of nearly 900 people would eventually test positive for the virus,” said Dr. John Minadeo, Chief Medical Quality Officer. “Today, we are sharing that we have had our first employee test positive.”
“Thanks to the procedures in place, the risk of exposure to patients and other employees is minimal,” said Dr. Susan Carol, Medical Director of Northwestern Occupational Health. “The employee’s role was outside the main stream of activity and outside of direct patient care. The employee has been away from work for 11 days and appropriate follow-up steps have been taken with those in close contact.” read all »
NMC continues to work on many projects that address the current and future needs of our community as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses.
One of these was the establishment of an alternate care site at Collins-Perley Sports Complex to be prepared for the possibility of an overwhelming volume of patients. This site would be reserved for patients requiring minimum medical care. It is currently not operational, but the basic infrastructure is in place. This week, staff have continued to prep the space for potential use, developing workflows, discussing transportation needs and determining how the space would be staffed. The site was set up early, and NMC’s plans call for us to “surge” internally in well-planned phases before needing to expand out to an alternate care site.
Many other projects are in place or underway, including … read all »
NMC would like to offer a huge note of thanks for the many people, partners and businesses who have reached out to us with donations, and willingness to help. We’ve received many items of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other items. This support is appreciated as our staff are working around-the-clock to make sure that we are well prepared and able to care for our community.
In fact, we have seen so much generosity, we have created a process to facilitate donations from our community. If you have personal protective equipment (PPE – surgical masks, N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, isolation gowns, etc.) or other medical equipment/supplies that we may be able to use that you are willing to donate, please email Anna Krahn at [email protected] to discuss. read all »
NMC Partnering to Establish Overflow Medical Facility
Through long-standing collaboration and proactive advance planning, the Vermont National Guard, NMC, and Collins Perley Sports Complex have stepped up to provide our region with additional medical care capacity should there be a need within our response to COVID-19. This is currently one of three being planned in the State. As Vermont Governor Scott said, “While we hope we don’t have to use them, we must be prepared for this possibility.” We are currently working through the set up, operational details, and staffing of this unit to ensure it is ready when needed. NMC deeply appreciates our partners across the community and at the State level in this effort.
Here is a link to a news story on the topic. read all »
Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) has been notified by the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory that two individuals who had been tested for the COVID-19 virus through NMC’s processes have had positive tests.
“In recent weeks, NMC has been preparing for the eventuality that there would be cases of COVID-19 in our community,” said Dr. John Minadeo, NMC’s Chief Medical & Quality Officer. “Important steps have been taken to reduce possibilities of exposure within the facility and properly care for patients who may have this virus. Our preparations and processes have served us well.”
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