Archive for March, 2020

March 25, 2020

CHI St. Joseph Health Postponing Elective Surgeries and Procedures

CHI St. Joseph Health is postponing elective, non-urgent surgeries and procedures in an effort to further protect the Brazos Valley community from the spread of COVID-19 and conserve resources for the sickest and most vulnerable of patients.

 This decision, which was made in consultation with physicians from CHI Texas Division, aligns directly with the American College of Surgeons and the U.S. Surgeon General recommendations to postpone elective, non-urgent surgeries nationwide as a proactive measure for the potential surge of COVID-19 patients.

 With this announcement, there are a few key updates:

  1. The postponement of elective, non-urgent surgical procedures will go into effect on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and continue tentatively through April 18, 2020. Patients who are scheduled for elective, non-urgent procedures will be notified by their physician offices today of this change.
  2. The current visitor policy will remain in place—as will the current exceptions to the visitor policy, including family members for laboring mothers and patients who are at end of life. Health screenings also remain in effect for all employees, physicians and members of our workforce.

 Publish Date: 

Monday, March 23, 2020

March 24, 2020

CHI Texas Division Adopts Highly Restrictive Visitation Policy

HOUSTON (March 24, 2020) – Effective at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, CHI Texas Division will have a new visitation policy in effect to protect our patients, visitors, employees and physicians. We are adopting a stricter visitation policy to align with Brazos and Harris County’s stay-at-home orders, as well as similar actions taken by numerous cities and counties in Texas.

The following changes will remain in effect until further notice.

  • No visitors will be allowed in the hospital.
  • Exceptions will be managed by medical decision makers in the areas of: end-of-life, pediatric, NICU, labor & deliver, and patients who need language services. However, under no circumstances are children under the age of 18 allowed in our facilities.
  • Other exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Greeters will be screening at the designated entrances with a list of basic questions to help ensure that individuals who might spread the virus get the care they need while not exposing patients, staff, and other guests. Until the COVID pandemic has subsided:

  • Healthcare workers with fever, cough, sore throat, or other flu-like symptoms are not permitted in any area of the hospital, unless seeking care.
  • People who have traveled to high-risk areas for COVID-19 or had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 are not permitted to visit any area of the hospital, unless seeking care.
  • All patients who are coughing are requested to wear a mask.

During this time, we encourage visitors to consider alternative communication options, if available, such as phone, FaceTime, Skype, text, or email.

We understand this change in policy may be difficult for families, but it is imperative we take additional precautions to keep our patients and community safe during this global pandemic.  

Below are facilities impacted by the modified visitor policy:

CHI St. Luke’s Health (serving the Greater Houston community)

  • Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • CHI St. Luke’s Health—Lakeside Hospital
  • CHI St. Luke’s Health—Springwoods Village Hospital
  • CHI St. Luke’s Health—The Vintage Hospital
  • CHI St. Luke’s Health—The Woodlands Hospital
  • CHI St. Luke’s Health—Sugar Land Hospital
  • CHI St. Luke’s Health—Patients Medical Center

CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial (serving the communities in Lufkin, Livingston, and San Augustine)

  • CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin
  • CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial San Augustine
  • CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Livingston

CHI St. Joseph Health (serving the Brazos Valley community) 

  • CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital
  • CHI St. Joseph Health Grimes Hospital
  • CHI St. Joseph Health Madison Hospital
  • CHI St. Joseph Health Burleson Hospital
  • CHI St. Joseph Health College Station Hospital

For more information on how to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, visit CHIStJoseph.org/covid-19 or cdc.gov/coronavirus.