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Safety Measures in Place for the Welfare of Patients, Staff and Our Community

Safety Measures in Place for the Welfare of Patients, Staff and Our Community

Kearney Regional Medical Center has been closely monitoring and preparing for the novel coronavirus outbreak since the beginning of March.

In response to all local, state and federal recommendations, we are enacting an abundance of precautionary measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our area and ensure the safety of our patients, staff and the broader community.

A Frequently Asked Questions section has been added to our website as an evolving resource.

All sick/unwell persons are asked to please call before visiting our facility (Platte Valley: 308-865-2263, KRMC: 308-455-3600).

Anyone that suspects they are infected with COVID-19: please take the assessment on our website.

All services currently remain operational with enhanced safety operations including:

Patient/Guest Safety

  • Screening all patients with scheduled appointments, elective procedures and emergency visits for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Implementing temporary visitor restrictions to keep current patients and staff safe read more >>
  • Enhancing our cleaning and disinfecting policies to meet or exceed CDC recommendations
  • Limiting employee travel and enacting remote-work policies for non-essential personnel
  • Cancelling all community classes/education events until further notice
  • Working with local EMS to follow proper emergency screening protocols and admissions processes
  • Discharging all ER patients not needing in-patient hospitalization home to prevent infection risk

Staff Safety

  • Keeping staff informed through regular departmental and all-staff education including a weekly presentation by our Infection Prevention Coordinator and regular updates with our Medical Director
  • Limiting staff such as dietary aides, EVS workers in patient rooms with existing respiratory problems
  • Providing proper personal protective equipment (known as ‘PPE,’ including N-95 masks, gloves, etc.) to staff in high exposure areas
  • Helping coordinate resources for our healthcare workers including daycare, pet care, etc.

Public Safety

  • Following the guidance of all local, state and national health and medical authorities
  • Participating in regular communications with Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, Two Rivers Public Health Department, Buffalo County Emergency Management, and many other entities
  • Making preparations for any necessary community triage scenarios and evaluating different care delivery models
  • Following CDC guidelines for testing protocols and evaluating all other options to receive more testing supplies and increasing turnaround time

We are thankful to our community for their understanding during these unprecedented times. We are #BetterTogether.