Gunnison Valley Health has created a comprehensive plan to lead the way
to safely resume outpatient services at its facilities.
Services that have resumed include Elective Surgeries, Laboratory, Imaging,
Rehab and Athletic Medicine, Integrative Therapies, Ophthalmology, Oncology
and Cardiopulmonary. In addition to regular hours, the Family Medicine
Clinic will also return to offering Saturday hours from 9am to 1pm.
Gunnison Valley Health’s CEO Rob Santilli said the healthcare system
has created standardized measures for individuals entering the hospital
and clinics, in addition to each department creating their own individualized
plan to ensure that patients, family members and staff are protected.
“All individuals who enter the hospital and clinics will sanitize
their hands, wear a mask, answer specific screening questions and have
their temperature measured,” said Santilli. “Daily infection
control monitoring and testing will continue as well as terminal cleaning
using UV Lytbot technology of high-touch public surface areas,”
he said. “Our team is ready to deliver safe care to all patients.”
Additional safety protocols at Gunnison Valley Health’s hospital
and clinics include:
- Redirecting patients to designated entrances for screening.
- All individuals will be asked to wear a mask. Patients may bring their
own mask or may opt to wear one supplied by the healthcare system.
- Six-feet social distances have been established in public areas such as
- Care team members wear surgical masks and other necessary personal protective
equipment (PPE) at all times when caring for patients.
- The Family Medicine Clinic has introduced ‘Clean Clinic’ hours
allowing patients who do not have flu-like symptoms to schedule their
annual wellness visits and regular check-ups.
Santilli confirmed the health system will continue to follow all safety
guidelines created by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services,
the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Gunnison County’s
Department of Human Services.
“Our new normal is that we now live with the COVID-19 virus,”
said Santilli. “Safety has always been our top priority and we remain
committed to deliver high quality, compassionate and personalized healthcare
to our community,” he said. “I believe the measures we have
implemented take into account all precautions and demonstrate that we
are leading the way as the cleanest and safest place in the Valley.”