The St. Louis region will weather Coronavirus by working together
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is presenting challenges to the world and our own St. Louis region that are likely to continue over the next weeks and months. BJC HealthCare is working in close partnership with local and state health departments and our academic medical institutions, and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), to give community members access to factual information and quality care.
What our BJC hospitals are doing
- Screening at doctors’ offices and hospital entry points for clinical symptoms and travel history; screening criteria will continue to evolve with the CDC's guidelines, and adapt to the spread of the virus.
- Following a process to identify patients suspected of infection and coordinating testing, when appropriate, with local or state health departments.
- Isolating patients suspected of infection and using CDC-recommended personal protective equipment to reduce the spread of infection.
- Managing personal protective equipment and supplies to ensure our caregivers have the equipment they need to safely provide care.
- Screening visitors for illness, limiting the number that can visit at one time, and prohibiting individuals under age 16 from visiting.
As health care leaders, we are working with a sense of calm caution on behalf of our patients, visitors and each other by working with our employees regarding travel restrictions and screening, canceling or postponing events, and encouraging team members to use technology to virtually attend meetings and stay connected with colleagues in other parts of the country. Together we can minimize the risk and keep the St. Louis area thriving in the face of this challenge.
Area physicians and health care leaders from BJC HealthCare, Washington University Physicians, Mercy, SSM Health and St. Luke’s Hospital are united in their mission to help St. Louis face these challenges.