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3 to stay COVID-free! You can help your family remember these three easy steps – the simplest and most effective ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

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We need our community’s help once again and are seeking donations of cloth masks. Can you help?


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Scott Memorial Health is proud to join the American Hospital Association and healthcare organizations around the country in celebrating National Hospital Week, which is observed May 10-15. Each May, National Hospital Week provides an opportunity to pause and honor the millions of healthcare professionals who dedicate their lives to taking care of people in their greatest times of need, and to recognize the positive difference hospitals and healthcare organizations make in the communities they serve.

“As our community continues the fight against COVID-19, the pivotal role our healthcare workers play in the well-being of society is clearer than ever,” said Martin Padgett, chief executive officer (CEO) of Scott Memorial Health. “Their tireless efforts on the front lines of this disease and their commitment to quality care and patient safety year-round are critical to our mission of Making Communities Healthier. We proudly honor these heroes during National Hospital Week and commend their inspiring efforts to serve others.”

Scott Memorial Health will be marking the national observance with an internal celebration of reward and recognition, and community members are encouraged to leave a special note of thanks for hospital employees at www.thankahealthcarehero.com.

The hospital plays an important role in supporting the health and vitality of Scott County all year long. From welcoming 18 new providers and expanding services, to investing more than $300,000 in new clinical technology and facility improvements, Scott Memorial Health is committed to meeting the evolving health needs of the community and enhancing access to high quality care close to home.

As one of the region’s economic leaders, the organization employs nearly 200 staff and contributed $2,335,338 in taxes to the local and state economies last year. Additionally, it is proud to sponsor a number of local community organizations and non-profits, including Casa of Scott County, Cradle, Greater Scott County Chamber of Commerce, Kids First, Kiwanis Club Flag Program, Mayor’s Good Neighbor Award, Scott County 4-H, Scott County Family YMCA, Scott County Partnership, Scottsburg High School, United Way of Scott County and We Care. Ensuring that everyone has access to the high-quality and compassionate care they need is a top priority for the organization and fundamental to its mission. In 2019 alone, Scott Memorial Health provided more than $5.1 million of charity and other uncompensated care, regardless of patients’ ability to pay.

“Scott County is a wonderful place to call home, and we are privileged to have a significant impact on its health and economic well-being,” said Cindy Watts, chair of Scott Memorial Health’s board of trustees. “As we celebrate National Hospital Week amid unprecedented challenges this year and begin to look to the future, we are aware that healthcare – like other aspects of life – might look a little different. What will not change, though, is our mission and our commitment to this community. We will continue to put the health and well-being of our neighbors first, ensuring safe places of care and a healthier community for us all.”

URGING MASKS

 

Scott Memorial Health is urging community members to wear face masks or cloth face coverings in public areas where social distancing is not easily achieved in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This aligns with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being an effective way to prevent the spread of the illness. The hospital has already instituted a universal masking protocol within its facilities and requires anyone entering to wear a face mask at all times.

“Scott Memorial Health strongly encourages our community members to wear masks because each of us plays an important role in helping to keep our community safe and protect one another from the spread of infectious diseases,” says Larry “Skip” Hunefeld, M.D., chief of staff at Scott Memorial Health. “One of the easiest and most effective ways we can look out for each other and aid in the fight against COVID-19 is to wear a face mask in public spaces right now.”

Recent studies have shown that universal masking can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, especially in individuals who may be asymptomatic and unaware that they are ill. Face masks and cloth face coverings should be worn over the nose and mouth and be held securely in place with loops or ties.

“Until there is a vaccine, wearing a mask in public, practicing social distancing and proper hand hygiene are our best lines of defense in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” Dr. Hunefeld says. “That’s why we’ve established a universal masking protocol in our facilities to help protect our patients, providers and employees, and we’re encouraging our fellow citizens to do the same in other public places. By looking out for each other, we’ll get through this together and continue making our community healthier.”

For more information from the CDC on face coverings and how to make your own, visit ScottMemorial.com/coronavirus-covid-19-preparedness-information. To learn more about how Scott Memorial Health is working to ensure the safety of patients during this time, visit ScottMemorial.com.