Your Health and Safety
The past few months have been challenging, to say the least, for our community. While we don’t yet know what the “new normal” will look like as we navigate through and beyond COVID-19, we want you to know that nothing is more important to us than your family’s health and safety.
At Saint Peter’s, we have begun our Go Forward plan to help us return to normal operations while maintaining heightened safety and patient care precautions. You can rest assured Saint Peter’s is prepared and ready to emerge from this phase of the pandemic — cautiously, carefully and safely.
First and Foremost: A Word about Cleaning
Safety and sanitation have always been a top priority at Saint Peter’s. It is important that all patients feel safe knowing our facilities are frequently and extensively cleaned using state-of-the-art technology and highly effective, environmentally responsible cleaning supplies.
What Patients Can Expect
All Saint Peter’s employees are screened for coronavirus symptoms, including temperature checks. Masks are mandatory as are six-foot social distancing guidelines, whenever possible. Employees are being tested for the virus if appropriate and are not permitted at work if they test positive or are symptomatic.
- Saint Peter’s has specific medical units and intensive care units designated for the care of COVID-19 positive patients as well as those who are presumptive positive, awaiting test results. All patients are required to wear a face mask.
- Visitation at the hospital continues to be limited to prevent the spread of the virus. We thank you for understanding as we care for your loved ones.
- In areas where visitors are permitted (maternity, pediatrics and hospice), visitors are screened and provided masks that must be worn while on site.
- At Saint Peter’s outpatient facilities, social distancing measures will be in place in our waiting rooms. Staff and patients will be screened and required to wear a face mask. We ask that you limit the number of family members accompanying you to one.
Expansion of Services at Saint Peter’s: Elective Surgeries and Outpatient Procedures
Saint Peter’s is beginning to reschedule elective surgeries and important screening procedures that had been postponed due to state restrictions including mammograms, colonoscopies, etc.
Any patient coming to Saint Peter’s for a medical/surgical procedure will be screened for COVID-19 prior to the appointment. On the day of the procedure, individuals will once again be screened for symptoms.
We believe the most important consideration as we transition to our “new normal” is to make certain the safety and health of everyone our number one priority. We appreciate your patience and understanding in these efforts.
For over 113 years, Saint Peter’s has worked very hard to earn your trust. We know it is a great privilege to serve you — at this time, and always.
Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE
President and CEO
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System