In light of recent news reports regarding cases of Ebola in the United States, OSF Healthcare System wants to assure the public that it is prepared in the unlikely event a patient in one of our facilities is suspected of having Ebola.
With nine hospitals, eight Centers for Health, eleven OSF PromptCare urgent-care sites, home care services including a hospice facility, and more than 80 OSF Medical Group physician offices, it is important that the Ministry’s preparedness plan be consistent across all entities so the high standard of care we hold ourselves to, and the general public expects, is met.
OSF HealthCare is committed to the safety of our communities and we will partner with others to ensure the safety of patients, staff and community members. It is our Mission to care for patients with the greatest care and love.
Some of the steps we are taking to prepare include:
- Developing a screening process for every patient as they present for treatment at any OSF setting, including questions about their recent travel history.
- Educating and training our Community of Caregivers to safely and compassionately care for any patients presenting with symptoms of Ebola.
- Reviewing and practicing proper procedure with employees on how to properly put on and take off Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect our patients and our Community of Caregivers.
- Establishing work teams to make sure all employees are receiving the information they need and to address their concerns. Consistent processes are being established across all hospitals, physicians’ offices and ambulatory settings.
- With two Level I trauma centers (OSF Saint Francis, Peoria and OSF Saint Anthony, Rockford), the emergency services and disaster preparedness teams from those facilities are working with local first responders to make sure the EMS crews are trained to deal with any potential patients.