Parker Adventist Hospital reports that it has seen a decline in COVID-19 patients since early April and is slowly ramping up its regular services. Dr. Devin Bateman, chief medical officer at Parker …
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Parker Adventist Hospital reports that it has seen a decline in COVID-19 patients since early April and is slowly ramping up its regular services.
Dr. Devin Bateman, chief medical officer at Parker Adventist, said the goal now is to balance the reintroduction of elective surgeries while maintaining safety precautions.
“The focus has been ‘How do we continue to keep an eye on COVID within our community?’ to now providing the services that the community relies upon and do so safely,” Bateman said. “We’re able to do that. We’ve reopened operations, but are doing so in a way that continues to monitor our inpatient capacity, personal protective equipment, medications and other resources.”
Parker Adventist, a Centura Health hospital, separates patients with COVID-19 from non-COVID patients. Visiting hours are still limited.
“Our next steps are to continue to safely ramp up to full operations over the course of a few weeks,” Bateman said. “We want to do so thoughtfully and cautiously. We want to keep our community safe, so we’re committed to doing that. With it, we’ll see, eventually, the loosening of visitor restrictions and an increase of traffic in and around the hospital.”
Centura Health officials declined to reveal the number of patients being treated for COVID-19 at Parker Adventist. Sky Ridge Medical Center, a HealthONE hospital in Lone Tree, had about 100 patients being treated as of April 23, more than a third of the hospital’s bed capacity.
Bateman recommended that people continue following the guidance from the governor as well as the Tri-County Health Department.
“Coronavirus is going to be around for some period of time. It’s not going to go away quickly. We just need to be aware of it,” Bateman said. “I would recommend people continue to be patient with it, continue diligence around hand washing, coughing and sneezing precautions, continue to wear a mask, continue to physically distance from others, to some extent.
“As time goes on, it becomes more and more fatiguing and challenging,” Bateman said. “People will be anxious to get back to normal life, but normal life is not going to be back for some time. We’re going to see modifications for the foreseeable future and I think maintaining those connections and social relationships is important while trying to maintain the other precautions.”
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