Group Well being & Wellness Companions of Logan County is taking particular care to look out for its sufferers and likewise the whole county throughout the COVID-19 disaster, president and CEO Tara Bair stated this week.
Various precautions have been applied on the well being care workplaces in order that sufferers of all ages can nonetheless see their supplier for his or her common medical care in a protected setting.
As well as, the well being care group has shaped a COVID-19 process drive that meets usually, and through March, arrange a particular “surge” clinic particularly for coronavirus sufferers within the rear of the 212 E. Columbus Ave., Suite 1, Bellefontaine workplace.
Whereas Logan County didn’t encounter the kind of surge that was predicted for these circumstances and the clinic was not wanted at the moment, that is an instance of how the federally-qualified well being care middle is ready to step as much as the plate to help throughout a disaster.
“Group Well being & Wellness Companions is right here and we’re prepared to assist,” Bair stated.
“We knew that well being facilities wanted to deal with group wants throughout a pandemic. It’s part of our grant and we wished to assist to be a ‘shock absorber’ for the hospital.
“My employees have been on it. Throughout the COVID-19 disaster, I’ve been so overwhelmed by their dedication to the career. They’re superb.”
Bair stated the surge clinic is positioned inside a rented house inside their constructing and is organized with triage stations, 14 affected person bays, a hand washing station and extra. The purpose for the house is to evaluate sufferers to find out in the event that they want hospital care or if they may return residence.
CHWP doctor Dr. Kenneth Miller was instrumental in organising the surge clinic and emergency drills have been carried out with employees members to finalize preparations. The house will stay out there if wanted for this goal later within the 12 months, Bair associated.
For CHWP sufferers throughout the pandemic, plenty of choices even have been made out there to guard them from publicity to sickness.
At present, the Bellefontaine workplace gives nicely affected person appointments within the mornings and sick appointments within the afternoons and has hours out there Monday by Friday and Saturday mornings. The West Liberty Group Well being Middle, 4879 S. U.S. Route 68, is offering solely “non-sick” appointments at the moment.
All sufferers are screened by medical employees previous to assembly with suppliers.
Moreover, the Indian Lake Group Well being Middle, positioned on the Aries Wellness Middle Constructing, 8200 State Route 366, Suite 1, Russells Level, is at present closed for affected person care to take care of a “clear” web site if wanted, however will reopen June 1.
Because the well being disaster started, CHWP has vastly prolonged its telehealth choices, and at present supplies all of its behavioral well being visits by this methodology, Bair stated.
“Telehealth has actually gone ‘viral’ so to talk, and it’s right here to remain. Our behavioral well being visits have actually elevated throughout this time. This feature makes it a lot simpler and handy for folks see our specialists within the consolation of their houses.”
“Sick” visits additionally can be found by telehealth, with appointments oftentimes out there inside 15 minutes, the group’s web site www.chwplc.org states. The Bellefontaine workplace additionally has expanded its wi-fi Web attain, in order that people may even connect with the Web within the car parking zone in the event that they don’t have that functionality at residence, the president/CEO stated.
As well as, curbside sick appointments additionally can be found, the place suppliers can deal with sufferers of their automobiles.
“We are saying we’ll deal with you in your house, in your automobile or in your own home – we’ll come to you wherever you might be,” Bair stated, noting that suppliers at instances have even provided in-home visits.
CHWP gives a singular built-in method to affected person care by the collaboration of its suppliers and increasing companies past conventional major care. Additionally on web site are behavioral well being, power care administration, pharmacy and diet.
“All of these companies can be found proper right here inside our partitions,” Bair stated. “If somebody is seeing a supplier and so they even have a excessive rating on a despair screening, we will get them related with behavioral well being immediately.
“Our clinic house additionally is ready up with an open idea that lends itself to a group method for suppliers to work collectively to deal with the entire affected person.”
The Bellefontaine workplace’s new behavioral health-dedicated wing opened in January. CHWP employs a full-time psychiatrist and 9 further employees members and the built-in behavioral well being program can help sufferers with despair and nervousness, household and little one points, substance abuse issues and different psychological well being difficulties.
Because the forming of the group by the opening West Liberty Group Well being Middle in 2014, CHWP has skilled super development, now with its three websites serving roughly 12,000 sufferers a 12 months, Bair stated. CHWP initially employed 13 folks and now six years later, employs 80 people.
The group’s finances additionally has expanded from $1.5 million to greater than $9 million.
The president and CEO stated the Group Well being & Wellness Companions is also taking a look at preliminary plans to open a brand new web site as nicely.
“We have now been amazed and overwhelmed at our development in the neighborhood; it’s been an actual pleasure. We’re excited for the longer term.”
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