March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update:

Every day, and at times, multiple times a day, the team leading our preparedness efforts for COVID-19, is meeting to discuss the most recent updates and recommendations received from the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and, in turn, reviewing our processes to ensure our clinical care is consistent with the latest guidelines and research.

In order to minimize the risk of exposure and to provide the best care for our communities, while protecting the health and well-being of our caregivers, Van Diest Medical Center began an additional level of screening of ALL VISITORS AND STAFF effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

We use a daily screening protocol for EVERYONE entering our facilities by documenting the following:

  • Full name
  • Body temperature
  • Contact information
  • Travel history
  • Reason for visit

If an individual has respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose) and their visit is essential, they will be masked immediately.  If an individual has respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose) and their visit is non-essential, they will be asked to leave. Upon completion of the screening, each visitor or patient will be given a ‘VISITOR’ sticker to wear during their visit.

Van Diest Medical Center is also temporarily suspending some non-essential procedures and services throughout our hospital and clinics effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  This includes elective surgeries, procedures and screenings.  All diagnostic procedures and appointments as well as essential healthcare visits will continue as usual.  This temporary suspension will continue through April 15, 2020 and we will monitor our situation based on community healthcare changes. We will be contacting patients to reschedule non-essential appointments and will re-evaluate after the 30-day period. 

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