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Have you gotten robocalls, text messages, or emails offering free face masks? Or maybe you've seen social media posts about free COVID-19 testing kits, "cures," or protective equipment? 

Unfortunately, scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal your Medicare Number and personal information. If anyone reaches out to get your Medicare Number or personal information in exchange for something, you can bet it's a scam.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

to Reopen Medical Fitness Center on May 26

For Immediate Release

May 22, 2020


Contact:

Tim Elder, Marketing Coordinator

740.393.9086

Timothy.Elder@KCH.org


Knox Community Hospital to Reopen Medical Fitness Center on May 26


Following Governor Mike DeWine’s recent announcement regarding the reopening of gyms and fitness centers in Ohio, Knox Community Hospital will be reopening the Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness Medical Fitness Center and therapy pool in Mount Vernon on Tuesday, May 26. “We understand how important access to our professional exercise physiologists, personalized fitness classes, and state-of-the-art equipment is to our members, and we are thrilled to be able to provide these vital health and wellness resources to our community once again,” said Jeffrey Scott, Director of Marketing and Development at Knox Community Hospital.


Under guidance provided by the Ohio Department of Health, the KCH Fitness Center has implemented a variety of responsible protocols to ensure the safety of those utilizing the facility. Appropriate social distancing will be enforced, and there will be limits on the number of individuals who will be able to be inside the facility at one time. Masks or face coverings will be required when entering the building and when interacting with others, but not during individual training on specific equipment. At this time, the pool will be limited to therapy only, and showers will be closed. Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy services remain open by appointment. Anyone feeling ill or who may be particularly vulnerable due to age or underlying medical conditions is encouraged to stay home. A detailed outline of all the safety measures put in place has been provided to fitness center members, and more information can be obtained by calling 740.393.9875. 


Knox Community Hospital is a 99-bed, community-owned, not-for-profit hospital offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services across more than thirty areas of specialty including interventional cardiology, orthopedics, medical and radiation oncology, women’s health, and bariatric medicine among others. KCH is located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and serves residents of Knox and surrounding counties with award-winning care and personalized customer service. Visit www.KCH.org. 


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Wednesday, April 29, 2020


For Immediate Release
April 29, 2020

Contact:
Jeffrey Scott, Director of Marketing and Development
740.393.9085
Jeffrey.Scott@KCH.org

Knox Community Hospital To Resume Medical Procedures

Following Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement on Monday, April 27, Knox Community Hospital will begin gradually resuming a variety of surgeries, medical procedures, and diagnostic testing and imaging that will not require an overnight hospital stay.

In compliance with the state’s order restricting nonessential surgeries and procedures on March 19, KCH postponed a number of scheduled cases that did not meet the state’s criteria as essential. Under the new guidance, those delayed procedures will now begin to be rescheduled.

“Ensuring the safety and well-being of our patients is our highest priority,” said Dr. Jeffrey Northup, Chief Medical Officer at Knox Community Hospital. “Over the past two months, we’ve implemented a number of new safety protocols and procedures, including telemedicine visits, visitor restrictions, and screenings stations for staff and patients at all entrances, to ensure that our patients, workforce, and community are safe and protected. As we begin to enter this next phase of recovery, we’ll continue to take the same approach.”

In the coming days and weeks, KCH staff will be contacting patients who have had a procedure postponed to reassess their individual needs and to either reschedule the procedure or to schedule a telehealth appointment with their provider to jointly consider how to move forward.

Currently, all persons entering KCH, including staff, patients and approved visitors, are required to wear a mask or face covering. This requirement went into effect on Monday, April 27, and has been implemented as an additional safety precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Members of the public are encouraged to wear their own face covering when arriving at any KCH facility. Anyone who does not have their own mask will be provided one for use for the duration of their visit. 

“Despite the continued caution surrounding the pandemic, it is vital that patients continue to seek medical attention for their healthcare needs, especially those with chronic or pre-existing conditions,” said Dr. Northup. “KCH facilities are a safe place to receive care and treatment, and our providers and clinicians are eager to work with you to provide the best possible care for your needs in the safest environment.”

Knox Community Hospital is a 99-bed, community-owned, not-for-profit hospital offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services across more than thirty areas of specialty including interventional cardiology, orthopedics, medical and radiation oncology, women’s health, and bariatric medicine among others. KCH is located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and serves residents of Knox and surrounding counties with award-winning care and personalized customer service. Visit www.KCH.org.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Universal Mask Initiative in all KCH Facilities

To enhance previously enacted measures taken to minimize the potential for the spread of COVID-19 during the course of healthcare interactions, Knox Community Hospital is initiating Universal Masking in all of its facilities, effective Monday, April 27. 

All persons entering KCH facilities will be required to wear a mask upon entry. Cloth masks and personal face coverings are encouraged. Any individual who does not have a personal mask or face covering will be provided one upon entry. Exceptions include: children under the age of two, anyone who is having difficulty breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. 

This precautionary step is being taken specifically at this time as community restrictions for physical distancing and stay-at-home measures are being eased in Ohio. With the guidance of the Ohio Department of Health and Knox Public Health, we believe this additional measure will help protect our patients, community, and workforce as we continue to provide safe and effective healthcare during this pandemic. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

ATTENTION: NO VISITORS until further notice.

There will be very limited exceptions only for:
  • End-of-life patients
  • Certain patients who require specific types of assistance or support
  • Parents or legal guardians will be permitted to visit patients under 18
  • Maternity patients can have one support person for the duration of their hospital stay
There will be no time limits on approved visitors. There will be no visitation
restriction on members of the clergy and those with power of attorney.

Patients, visitors or support persons may be asked to wait in their vehicles, depending on the treatment area being utilized and patient volume

SITES IMPACTED:
All Knox Community Hospital care sites will be impacted by this policy, to include:
  • Knox Community Hospital
  • Knox Medical Pavilion
  • Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness
  • KCH Urgent Care
  • All Department of Primary and Specialty Care Physician Group offices
  • Any KCH-run facility

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

KCH has been urgently preparing for what we anticipate will be a significant surge of patients needing hospital care in the coming weeks, identifying every opportunity to maximize bed capacity, obtain vital equipment, and support our clinical staff. That work continues. We are grateful to the many community partners who have offered tangible support as well. We are also working locally with Knox Public Health and other agencies, regionally with other hospitals, and state-wide with the Governor’s office and Ohio Department of Health to ensure that our efforts are coordinated. There is still much to be done, but for now we are grateful to our community for staying at home, continuing to practice social distancing, and first calling providers or the Knox County Call Line (740.399.8014) to avoid spreading this virus further. This is an enormous help to us! Thanks again.

Monday, March 30, 2020

VISITOR NOTICE

Please be aware that if you come to Knox Community Hospital for health care services for yourself, or as a support person for someone else, you may be asked by hospital staff to wait in your car during some portion of your visit.  This is for your protection, to reduce potential exposure to yourself and others during this time.  Please bring a cellphone with you if possible, so that staff may communicate with you when it is time for you to return to the building.

Thank you.

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