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UPDATES ON COVID-19 AND MMC-BD

MMC-BD Announces Update to Visitor Policy

JUNE 9, 2020 — Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam continues to focus on efforts to protect patients, visitors and staff as concerns about the spread of COVID-19 continue. Effective Tuesday, June 9, our updated visitor guidelines are allowing a limited number of visitors/support persons to enter Marshfield Clinic Health System until further notice.

These temporary visitor restrictions apply to visitation for hospitals and clinic appointments.

Visitors may be allowed for patients, as follows:

  • Emergency, Urgent Care, Walk-in departments: Allow patients (both pediatric and adult patients) to be accompanied by one (1) support person.
  • Hospital adult patients: Allow for one (1) visitor per day between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. (may be different visitors on different dates).
  • OB Labor & Delivery patients: Allow for one (1) visitor/support person per hospital stay.
  • Adult patients with clinic appointments: Allow one (1) support person. 
  • Pediatric patients with clinic appointments: Allow two (2) adult support persons.
  • Adult patients who are COVID positive or test pending: No visitors allowed, unless unique or extenuating circumstance.
  • Pediatric patients who are COVID positive or test pending: Allow one (1) adult support person or visitor.

Visitor restrictions for MMC-BD Hillside Manor, Remembrance Home and Eagle’s Wings remain in effect.

“Marshfield Clinic Health System continues to focus on efforts to keep patients, families and staff safe, including taking steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” said Dr. Kori Krueger, Chief Quality Officer. “At the same time, we want to assure that patients feel supported by their loved ones in their health care journey. These updated visitor guidelines help to balance those goals.”

Unique circumstances where more than one visitor would be allowed include patients who are at end of life. These patients and families will be supported on a case-by-case basis with the goal of creating an emotional support network, while keeping patients and visitors safe. 

Note: Exceptions are made by leaders with a goal of providing safe care for patients, while balancing emotional and other support needs. 

If allowed, visitors must follow these guidelines:

  • All visitors should be free of illness or symptoms, and at least 18 years old.
  • Visitors will be screened and will wear a green screening sticker to indicate that screening is complete.
  • Visitors should not remove any supplies or equipment from Marshfield Clinic Health System.
  • Visitors should limit the personal items they bring into the facility. This will reduce the number of unwanted germs that will go home with the visitor.
  • Visitors should plan to accompany the patient or stay in the patient's room for the duration of the visit. They should not be in communal spaces, like lobbies or wandering in hallways, but may seek out meal options in cafeterias.
  • Visitors must wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering the facility, and when they enter or exit a patient room or exam room.

At this time, all patients and visitors are required to wear a mask in Health System facilities. 

MMC-BD Reactivates COVID-19 Testing Site

APRIL 23, 2020 — As part of the collective effort to reopen Wisconsin safely and effectively, Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam (MMC-BD) has reactivated its COVID-19 drive-thru testing clinic. In addition to staying Safer At Home, increased access to testing is one of the critical next steps identified by state and county public health officials. 

“Working collaboratively with Dodge County Public Health and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has been the key to flattening the curve in Dodge County,” said Angelia Foster, MMC-BD Chief Administrative Officer. “We will continue to allocate our resources in a way that best serves our communities.”

Those with respiratory symptoms, even if they are mild, should contact their primary care provider or call 877-998-0022 to be screened by a medical professional. The screening line is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday while testing will be performed from 12 to 4 p.m. each weekday.

MMC-BD encourages anyone who feels unwell for any reason to seek treatment either with their primary care provider or at an emergency department or urgent care.

“We want to remind everyone that we are here to care for them safely,” Foster added. “We don’t want anyone to feel they should put off treatment for emergent or urgent health conditions,” Foster said.

MMC-BD Announces Closure of COVID-19 Clinic

April 15, 2020

Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam is closing its COVID-19 Clinic Tuesday afternoon April 14 and will begin referring patients to its consolidated primary care clinic or its emergency department/urgent care unit, depending on each individual’s symptoms.

Those experiencing respiratory or COVID-19 type symptoms like dry cough, fever or shortness of breath should continue to call the COVID-19 hotline at 877-998-0022 to be screened by a medical professional. Once screened, callers will be directed to receive care at the appropriate location.

“I’m continually impressed with how quickly our team has been able to adjust the way we provide care to our community during this crisis,” said Angelia Foster, MMC-BD Chief Administrative Officer. “We opened the COVID-19 Clinic on March 25 to best serve the needs of the Dodge County region, and our residents can rest assured we’ll continue to be nimble and proactive in the coming weeks and months. We’re always here for our community, the way they’ve been there for us this past month.”

MMC-BD will soon be announcing expanded telehealth options for both primary care and specialty clinics. To call the COVID-19 screening hotline, call 877-998-0022. To contact a clinic provider near you, visit www.bdch.com/clinics.

 

MMC-BD Opens COVID-19 Clinic

MARCH 25, 2020

Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam (MMC-BD) has announced the opening of a new COVID-19 Clinic aimed at providing ongoing screening and testing as well as symptom management.

Those who feel they may have COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, dry cough and shortness of breath, and believe they are a candidate for testing or symptom management should call 1-877-998-0022. A medical professional will conduct an over-the-phone screening to determine if a COVID-19 test is appropriate. If so, the individual will be directed to the COVID-19 Clinic.

Clinic staff will then work with patients by providing guidelines for quarantine, in-clinic symptom management, or a recommendation to seek emergency care for those with acute symptoms.

“Having a dedicated COVID-19 clinic allows us to effectively identify and care for those with COVID-19,” said Angelia Foster, MMC-BD Chief Administrative Officer. “The clinic also allows our emergency department to focus its resources on the most critically ill and injured patients.”

The clinic will not accept walk-in patients; anyone with symptoms should begin by calling 1-877-998-0022. While previous testing was for Dodge County residents only, the COVID-19 Clinic is for everyone.

For more information on COVID-19 visit https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/specialties/infectious-diseases/coronavirus-update or call the COVID-19 helpline at 1-833-981-0711. To learn how to support MMC-BD with a donation of masks or other PPE, visit www.bdch.com/community-support.

 

MMC-BD Enacts No Visitor Policy Effective March 23

MARCH 22, 2020

Due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus, Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam will be allowing no visitors to its facilities until further notice.

Visitors will not be allowed access to MMC-BD facilities with the following exceptions:

  • One birth partner per delivering mother
  • End-of-life situations — two adult visitors
  • If a patient is a minor child they will be accompanied by one parent or guardian

Also, all patients and visitors will be required to have coverings (masks, bandanas, scarves, etc.) over their noses and mouths before they can enter MMC-BD facilities.

For more information on COVID-19 visit https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/specialties/infectious-diseases/coronavirus-update or call the COVID-19 helpline at 1-833-981-0711. If you are a Dodge County resident and feel you are a candidate for testing, call 1-877-998-0022.

 

MMC-BD Makes Changes to Pharmacy Service

MARCH 19, 2020

To protect our patients and staff, the Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam (MMC-BD) Pharmacy, 705 S. University Ave., Beaver Dam, will continue to refill prescriptions, but will no longer be accepting walk-up customers as of March 20 until further notice.

In lieu of counter pickup, the pharmacy will be offering the following services:

  • Delivery
  • Mail-out
  • Curbside pickup

Curbside pick-up services will be reserved for acute and immediate needs. Dedicated parking spaces are located in the physician parking lot to the north of the Vita Park Medical Building, and those picking up prescriptions will be prompted to call the pharmacy at 920-356-0040 when they arrive. A pharmacy employee will then deliver the prescription(s).

For delivery service, MMC-BD will be expanding its delivery radius beyond Beaver Dam to include the surrounding areas. Please call the pharmacy at 920-356-0040 with any questions or concerns regarding these new services.

 You can find more information on COVID-19 at https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/specialties/infectious-diseases/coronavirus-update

 

Select Non-Urgent Appointments Postponed

MARCH 19, 2020

Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam (MMC-BD) is suspending all elective ambulatory and inpatient procedures, and non-urgent ambulatory visits. Each patient who will be impacted by this change is being called to reschedule their appointment.

Elective is defined as any procedure that, if delayed 30 to 60 days, would not jeopardize a patient’s health. Similarly, non-urgent ambulatory visits are those where delay would not negatively affect a patient’s health, such as annual wellness/routine physical exams, follow-up visits for stable medical conditions and office procedures.

If you are a patient with an elective procedure coming up that is critical to your health and quality-of-life, MMC-BD will still see you.

By delaying care for those patients whose health will not be negatively affected by postponing their appointment, MMC-BD can ensure the resources and staff needed to handle the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and limit potential exposure of staff and patients.

This policy will stay in place until further notice. You can find more information at https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/specialties/infectious-diseases/coronavirus-update

 

MMC-BD Implementing Entrance Screening

MARCH 18, 2020

In an effort to “flatten the curve” and reduce possibility of transmitting Coronavirus, Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam is implementing an additional measure to keep patients, families, communities and staff safe while in our facilities. 

All patients, visitors and staff will undergo a brief screening each day to assure that they are healthy and do not have any indicators that suggest they may need further evaluation for Coronavirus. 

This screening includes answering a few, brief questions and having your temperature taken. It should be completed quickly, but it is possible a short wait may occur to complete the screening. Patients and visitors may find it helpful to arrive a few minutes early to allow for the screening to be completed.

The safety of our patients and communities is our priority. We will continue to provide safe, high quality care to those we serve. Your patience and cooperation with this new process is appreciated.

For more information on COVID-19, visit https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/specialties/infectious-diseases/coronavirus-update

MMC-BD Announced Additional Service Changes

MARCH 17, 2020

Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam (MMC-BD) is announcing additional changes to services in response to ongoing COVID-19 developments. These changes are being made to ensure the health and safety of our patients, residents and visitors.

Effective immediately, the MMC-BD Café will be closed to the public, and those who are visiting patients in the hospital will have the opportunity to have meals delivered to patient rooms.

Other updates include:

  • The MMC-BD Chiropactic and Sleep centers are closed indefinitely.
  • Massage and foot clinic services are closed indefinitely.
  • There will be no Saturday walk-in screening mammograms until further notice.

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.marshfieldclinic.org/specialties/infectious-diseases/coronavirus-update.

MMC-BD, Dodge County Public Health Open Drive-Thru Testing Site

MARCH 17, 2020

Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam (MMC-BD) and the Dodge County Public Health Department have created a drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic which will open Tuesday, March 17 at 8 a.m. The stand-alone testing center is for Dodge County residents only and is aimed at making testing quicker and more efficient in an ongoing effort to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. The testing site will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice.

Those who feel they may have COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, and believe they are a candidate for testing should call 1-877-998-0022. A medical professional will conduct an over-the-phone screening to determine if a COVID-19 test is appropriate. If so, the individual will be directed to the drive-thru site for a test at no cost to them. Those calling from outside Dodge County will be directed to their county’s health department.

Only those who have been screened and approved will be tested. You absolutely MUST call ahead. MMC-BD and Dodge County Public Health ask that those who have not been screened to refrain from entering the drive-thru line as that will slow down the testing process.

Those tested will be expected to self-quarantine for 14 days and/or until instructed by Dodge County Public Health.

MMC-BD Cancels Events, Closes Some Non-Essential Services

MARCH 15, 2020

In an effort to reduce the possibility that COVID-19 or any other virus could unknowingly spread, Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam (MMC-BD) is canceling any organization-sponsored events or activities where more than 50 people would attend until further notice.

Other updates include:

  • MMC-BD is closing its gift shop and sports fitness center effective Monday. Information on refunds for sports fitness center members will be made available in the near future. Those with questions can call the center at 920-887-4114.
  • Updated CMS guidelines have tightened visitor restrictions to Hillside Manor, Eagle’s Wings and Remembrance Home. Until further notice, absolutely no visitors will be allowed outside of end-of-life circumstances.
  • Beginning Monday, the MMC-BD Café will be suspending all self-serve food items like soups and salads and offering additional pre-packaged options.

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.marshfieldclinic.org/specialties/infectious-diseases/coronavirus-update.

MMC-BD Enacting Visitor Restrictions

MARCH 13, 2020

Marshfield Clinic Health System and Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam (MMC-BD) have set temporary visitor restrictions at all acute care locations effective Friday, March 13. While there have been no known cases of COVID-19 in Dodge County as of Friday morning, March 13, these measures are in place to protect patients due to confirmed cases of coronavirus in surrounding communities.

  • All visitors should be free of illness or symptoms, and at least 18 years old
  • Limit one visitor per adult patients
  • Families and caregivers of pediatric patients should establish two healthy adults who are able to provide support during a continuous 24-hour period.
  • Patients who are at the end of life may have multiple visitors. These patients and families will be supported on a case-by-case basis with the goal of creating an emotional support network while keeping patients and visitors safe.

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CMS Guidelines Limit Visitors at Hlilside Manor, CBRFs

MARCH 11, 2020

Due to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) guidelines, Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam has begun limiting visitation to its Hillside Manor, Remembrance Home and Eagle’s Wings facilities. These guidelines were enacted after a confirmed COVID-19 case was identified in Dane County. Residents’ families have been notified by phone and letters are going out Thursday morning.

These CMS guidelines have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of nursing home and Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) residents nationwide and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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