Steele Memorial Begins Phase 1 of Idaho Rebounds
May 05, 2020
Steele Memorial Medical Center continues to follow CDC, Federal, State, and Department of Health and Welfare guidelines throughout Covid-19 pandemic. On April 23, 2020, Governor Little issued Idaho Rebounds: Guidelines for Opening up Idaho. The Governor’s guide includes 4 phases for Idaho businesses to meet with phase 1 beginning May 1, 2020. Steele Memorial has created five phases that align with Governor Littles guidelines that begin May 1, 2020. In following these guidelines set forth, “We are confident that initiation of these steps is in the best interest of our patients and staff. We strive to keep all patients and staff safe and healthy while continuing to deliver compassionate healthcare,” says Jeanie Gentry, CEO.
Steele Memorial guidelines are as follows:
May 1 – 15 PHASE 1
- Continue Employee Screening
- Rural Health Clinic entry point for WELL patients returns to normal east side entry (by Daisy)
- Rural Health Clinic entry point for ILL patients remain on the west side entry
- Specialty Clinic entry is regular entrance on west side of building.
- Biweekly Community Leader call will decrease to 1 call per week on Thursdays
- Daily Covid-19 community updates through media will transition to weekly Wednesday updates
May 16 – 29 PHASE 2
- Cafeteria dinning will open to staff
- Community Leader calls will end
- Internal group meetings will resume
- Internal Incident Command will conduct a full debrief and document recommendations
May 30 – June 12 PHASE 3
- Weekly Covid-19 community updates in media will end
- Patient visitor guidelines will be lifted and resume to normal
- Cafeteria dinning will open to the public
- All screening stations will cease for employees and public
- Points of entry will resume at normal entrances
- Volunteer services (Auxiliary and Chaplain) will resume
June 13 – 26 PHASE 4
- Conference rooms open for public meetings
- Med/Surg floor antechamber rooms (ante-rooms) are removed
June 27 – until Flu Season PHASE 5
- Emergency Department antechamber rooms (ante-rooms) are removed
- Task Force develops plan for next year’s season.
“Each of the five phases were collaboratively put together by the medical team. Patient and staff safety will be continually monitored and evaluated daily. A five phase approach will help get SMMC back to a new normal. Staff, patients, and community members have been so gracious, kind, and flexible throughout the pandemic. I am confident that we are stronger from this experience,” says Lisa Loughran, CNO.
Steele Memorial will also follow criteria for transitioning from one phase to the next. Per Guidelines for Opening Up Idaho, “to advance to the next stage, all criteria must be met. If the criteria indicates trends are beginning to move the wrong direction, or there is evidence that a stage has adversely impacted rates, stages may have to be extended or reversed. Dates shown in the document are estimated timelines only.” rebound.idaho.gov
SMMC will review data and evaluate each phase on a daily bases. Each phase is subject to change based on data trends and information available. Community members can view regional Covid-19 data on Eastern Idaho Public Health’s website eiph.idaho.gov