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UPDATED: VISITOR POLICY

Here is our latest visitor policy as it pertains to various departments:

 

Attention: All visitors must wear a mask over both the nose and mouth at all times while you are inside the hospital, including inside the patient’s room.

 

Emergency Room:

 

  • Visitors must have their temperature checked at the temperature station; those with a temperature of 100.4 or greater will be asked to leave the building.
  • Minors can have both parents in their room.
  • All other patients are allowed ONE “support” person—it will need to remain the same person throughout the entire ER visit (For end of life/critical prior to transfer situations, two visitors are allowed at any one time but must stay in the patient’s room).
  • All other persons must wait outside the building and the patient or support person/parents can contact them by phone.
  • No visitors or support persons will be allowed in rooms of COVID positive or suspected positive patients.
  • All meals for visitors must be off campus as the cafeteria is open to employees only at this time.
ER Visitor Information Guide:

 

For your safety and the safety of your loved one, we ask that you remain in the room with the patient, unless asked to step out by the nursing staff.  All visitors must wear a mask over both the nose and mouth at all times while you are inside the hospital, including inside the patient’s room. All other family members must remain outside the hospital and can be contacted via phone by the patient or support person/parents; or staff when necessary for patient care.

 

Medical/Surgical/Pediatrics Unit and ICU:

 

  • Visiting hours will be Sunday through Saturday from 8am – 8pm.
  • All visitors must wear a mask over both the nose and mouth at all times while you are in the hospital, including inside the patient’s room.
  • A maximum of TWO visitors at a time will be allowed.
  • Visitors must have their temperature checked at the temperature check station; those with a temperature of 100.4 or greater will not be allowed to visit and will be asked to leave the building.
  • Visitors will receive a badge indicating which room they are visiting.
  • No visitors or support persons will be allowed in rooms of COVID positive or suspected positive patients.
  • All meals for visitors must be off campus as the cafeteria is open to employees only at this time.
Nursing Unit Visitor Information Guide:

 

During visiting hours, you will have access to the patient’s healthcare provider to ask questions and share healthcare information. All visitors must wear a mask over both the nose and mouth the entire time you are inside the hospital, including inside the patient’s room. For your safety and the safety of your loved one, we ask that you remain in the room with the patient, unless asked to step out by the nursing staff.  If a loved one has a need, please use call light to speak with the staff.  Due to infection control concerns, we ask that you do not enter the nurses’ station; we will be glad to speak to you in the patient room.

 

End of Life Situations:

 

  • No more than TWO visitors are allowed in the patient’s room at any one time. Visitors must stay in the patient’s room. Other family members may say their goodbyes, but only the spouse and adult children may stay with the patient continuously.
  • We offer tele-health visits for COVID-positive or suspected positive patients.
  • Personal clergy may be allowed; this will be arranged through Pastoral Care.
  • All visitors must wear a mask over both the nose and mouth at all times while you are in the hospital, including inside the patient’s room.
  • All meals for visitors must be off campus as the cafeteria is open to employees only at this time.

 

Obstetrics Unit:

 

  • Due to the vulnerability of both the mother and infant, visitation will remain limited to the patient’s significant other (SO). The significant other is allowed to accompany the patient to the OB department.
  • The SO will be required to wear a mask at all times while inside the hospital and must get their temperature checked.
  • SO must remain in the room with the patient, and cannot be “swapped out” for someone else.
  • OB sonogram patients may have a SO accompany them in for the sonogram. If the patient is required to wait at any time in the waiting room, the SO must wait outside the building until the patient is ready to go back. This is so we can control the waiting room and reduce the risk to our patients.
  • All visitors must wear a mask over both the nose and mouth at all times while you are in the hospital, including inside the patient’s room.
  • All meals for visitors must be off campus as the cafeteria is open to employees only at this time.

 

Special Procedures:

 

  • Patients will be allowed ONE support person that can remain with the patient in their stall from admission until patient is taken back for his or her procedure.
  • Once the patient is taken back for his or her procedure, the support person will be instructed to leave the hospital.
  • Staff will call the patient’s support person when the patient returns from his or her procedure and will be given a time to pick the patient up. Discharge Instructions will be reviewed with the support person at this time.
  • Pain Management patients who are NOT receiving anesthesia (local only) will be allowed to have 1 support person accompany them to their appointment. The support person will be allowed to remain in the Special Procedure’s stall while the patient goes in for his or her procedure.
  • All visitors must wear a mask over both the nose and mouth at all times while you are in the hospital, including inside the patient’s room.
  • All meals for visitors must be off campus as the cafeteria is open to employees only at this time.

 

Same Day Surgery (SDS):

 

  • Patients will be allowed ONE support person that can remain with the patient in his or her stall from admission until the patient is taken back for his or her procedure. At this point, the support person will be asked to leave and will be contacted by phone for updates on the progress of the patient’s procedure.
  • Parents of pediatric patients may remain in the stall, or if the stall is needed, they will be sent to the waiting room (so they can be called back to recovery room, if needed).
  • Same Day total joint replacements will have a support person return to SDS once the patient returns to his or her stall to be included in post op education efforts.
  • All other SDS patients will have their support person meet them at the Main Entrance door upon discharge.
  • Morning Admit patient’s support person may visit patient post-op during visiting hours and must remain in patient room at all times.
  • All visitors must wear a mask over both the nose and mouth at all times while you are in the hospital, including inside the patient’s room.
  • All meals for visitors must be off campus as the cafeteria is open to employees only at this time.

 

The health and safety of patients, family members and staff is our number one priority and we are closely monitoring the developing situation and taking a proactive approach to prevent the spread of viral illness. Thank you for your continued understanding.

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Introducing Elizabeth Birkey, PMHNP

St. Margaret’s is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Birkey, PMHNP, to the staff at St. Margaret’s Center for Family Health in Princeton. Liz is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She is also a Certified Nurse Midwife and Lactation Consultant, as well as, a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

Born in Davenport, Iowa, and raised in the Illinois Valley, Liz attended Illinois Valley Community College and Northern Illinois University in Dekalb for Nursing. She then went on to Frontier Nursing University (Hyden, KY) and obtained her Master’s in Midwifery, Post-Master’s

Family Nurse Practitioner and Post-Master’s PMHNP degrees. She is currently working towards a Doctorate in Nursing, anticipating finishing in March of 2021.

Liz will be working with Benjamin Shepherd, MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine and Psychiatry, and Jennifer Gutshall, PA-C, to provide the Illinois Valley quality, compassionate care in both primary and mental health services.

“I look forward to the opportunity to work with the exceptional team of healthcare workers at St. Margaret’s and provide comprehensive, evidence-based, quality care to the clients in my community and surrounding areas”

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Introducing Our Drive-Up Mobile Testing Site

As always, but especially during these troubled times, we are working hard to provide you with the safest options for care and other health services. To help limit exposure and provide you with a convenient option for testing, you can have your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure checked without ever leaving the safety and comfort of your vehicle by visiting our drive-up, Mobile Testing Site.

Here is the schedule for the Mobile Testing Site:

Beginning July 2nd, on the 1stThursday of every month, from 8:30am to 11:30am, you can get your blood pressure and blood sugar checked for FREE.

Beginning July 9th, on the 2ndThursday of every month, you can get your cholesterol checked from 8:30am to 11:30am for a $25.00 fee. For cholesterol screenings, appointments are preferred! Please call (815) 664-1486 to register for your screening.

Furthermore, with a doctor’s order, you may also receive COVID-19 testing at our Mobile Testing Site.

The Mobile Testing Site is in the North Parking Lot of the hospital. Just drive up to the yellow tent in the far east corner of the lot (inside a large shed).

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COVID-19

There are those who run to the fire. Sometimes heroism is a matter of just showing up.

The reality of the coronavirus has sunk in to all corners of the country, if not the entire world. The spread of the virus, along with the increased availability of testing and other factors, contributes to the availability of more accurate data and higher numbers.  We are at a point in time where we are dealing with a great deal of apprehension about the disease notwithstanding all of the safeguards against it.

If we want to glean a positive aspect out of all this, it appears to me that everyone is taking this disease a lot more seriously than just a week ago. Reality has finally set in. Social distancing is being practiced. People are staying home voluntarily where it is not mandated.  Our compliance with the safeguards will go a long way toward slowing and eventually defeating this pandemic.

The healthcare ministries of SMP Health System are doing their part to protect the overall health of the communities where they are located by the various restrictions on visitation and other safeguards that they have implemented and information they have disseminated.  They are following the current regulations and guidance from state and federal sources in order to maintain the safety of our patients, residents, and employees inside each facility.

Notwithstanding all of the safeguards, there is still an underlying apprehension or even fear, both inside and outside of our facilities. I would like to acknowledge our front-line employees who have been steadfast in their commitment to the patients and residents in their care. They are unsung heroes who demonstrate their love and concern for their neighbors and communities by showing up for work in the face of their own apprehensions, who strive to maintain a positive attitude and give their best efforts under difficult circumstances.

 

Aaron K. Alton

President/CEO, SMP Health System

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COVID-19: You can help!

As the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, makes its way across Illinois, at St. Margaret’s, we are aggressively planning to care for patients who present with symptoms. You have likely heard in the media that shortages of supplies are expected. There’s a way YOU can help! Please look in your business and homes and consider donating the following items:

  • Unopened boxes of disposable gloves– nitrile gloves, latex gloves and  nylon gloves are all appropriate. Gloves are needed in many aspects of the hospital from medical care to janitorial services.
  • Masks– Many of us use N95 masks for dust protection in industrial situations or for home hobby use.
  • Safety glasses with side shields– We are only looking for new items in sealed packaging.
  • Cartridge for half-mask filters– Specifically, we need 3M High efficiency P3 HEPA Filters (part number 450-00-01).
  • Isopropyl alcohol

How can you donate these items?

Call Frank Kobilsek, our Fundraising Coordinator at (815) 866-5757.  He will make arrangements to pick up your contribution. Please don’t bring items to the hospital. It is best if you stay home to stay healthy.

We pray you, your family and your co-workers will remain healthy during this challenging time.

Thank You,

The Entire St. Margaret’s Health Family

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What is St. Margaret’s Doing in Response to COVID-19?

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

 Here’s the latest updates:

Current statistics from Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have identified 105 positive cases of COVID-19 in 15 counties in the state of Illinois.  Because of that, St. Margaret’s is adopting a no visitor policy to best protect all patients, staff, and visitors and slow down the spread of this disease.St. Margaret’s is maintaining normal business hours and will continue to care for patients. St. Margaret’s Hospital and Clinics will be reviewing upcoming appointments and may be contacting some patients to discuss alternative options other than a face-to-face visit.

We understand this will present hardships and challenges for both patients and families, but we feel this decision is critically important to protect the patients who have entrusted us with their care, their families, our staff, and the communities we serve.

Based on this, we have instituted the following, effective through March 30, 2020, unless otherwise stated:
  • Suspension of elective surgeries, elective procedures and routine testing.
  • Most wellness clinic visits have been postponed to a later date.
  • Effective today, March 17, 2020, if necessary, patients may have ONE individual accompany them to outpatient appointments. We are currently suspending ALL VISITORS in inpatient visitors.  Any expecting or new mothers in the Family Birthing Centre are allowed to have their significant other with them, but no other visitors.  Anyone else will be asked to wait in their vehicle.  These visitor rules will be STRICTLY ENFORCED. For patient and staff safety, we ask all others wishing to visit loved ones and friends use other methods to connect with patients (telephone, Face Time, Skype, etc.) Please consider these other means to connect if necessary.
  • Cafeteria is closed to the general public.
  • Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab has been closed and patients rescheduled.
  • No outside food deliveries will be allowed.
  • The Patient Accounts Center lobby is closed.Any in-person payments can be made through the secure drop-box located at the entrance.
  • The Home Medical Equipment & Supplies showroom is closed to the public. If supplies are needed, please call them and delivery will be scheduled.

There is nothing more important than your health for you and your family.  We understand that these restrictions will be difficult for patients and their loved ones. We are taking these necessary steps to protect our patients and our staff.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

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St. Margaret’s CANCELLATIONS

The health and safety of patients, family members and staff is our number one priority and we are closely monitoring the developing situation surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and taking a proactive approach to prevent the spread of viral illness.

As such, we are cancelling some upcoming events in order to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC. We will continually update this news announcement with any further cancellations, should they arise.

CANCELLATIONS (as of March 16, 2020):

  • All Support Groups on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 (To clarify, ALL support groups for the month of March, 2020 have been cancelled.)
  • Joint Class on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
  • Portly Promenade Restaurant Tasting Tour on Saturday, March 28, 2020
  • Parkinson’s Support Group, Monday, April 6th, 2020
  • POSTPONED: Habit for Health 10K and Fun Walk/Run 2020

Please check back in the future for any further cancellations. We will update them here as we learn of more.

 

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

The health and safety of patients, family members and staff is our number one priority and we are closely monitoring the developing situation and taking a proactively approach to prevent the spread of viral illness.

St. Margaret’s COVID-19 hotline is no longer available. Please contact your primary care provider or call one of our Walk-In clinics in Peru or Princeton if you have questions related to COVID-19. Thank you.

For our latest visitor policy, click here. 

 

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Walk-In Clinic Holiday Hours

Two of St. Margaret’s clinics will be closing early on Christmas Eve so that our providers & staff can be with their families.

St. Margaret’s Midtown Health Center in Peru and the Center for Family Health in Princeton will close at 5:00pm on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day. We will resume regular business hours December 26th.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

From all of us at St. Margaret’s