As a valued supporter of Guthrie, I am writing to let you know what we are doing to respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic. In my 40-year career in medicine, I have never encountered anything of this magnitude. These are truly unprecedented times. Rest assured that Guthrie is doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of our patients, staff and community.
We are following guidance provided by public health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on these recommendations, Guthrie has restricted visitors (except in special circumstances), postponed healthy visits and all non-emergent and non-urgent surgeries, and have expanded telemedicine capacity to further care for our patients and limit the need for them to come in for appointments. Guthrie remains focused on containing the spread of the virus and we are making preparations for a potential surge of patients.
Each Guthrie facility has an emergency operations center all of which opened weeks ago in anticipation of the spread of the virus and serve as the COVID-19 headquarters for each facility in the Guthrie health care system. We have also created a COVID-19 information website and have established hotlines which are staffed from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 844-357-2840 or 800-836-1925.
This pandemic will require flexibility and patience from all of us in the days and weeks ahead. Guthrie will need to pause some of our projects to ensure that resources are being used wisely and where they are needed most. The COVID-19 pandemic will have financial consequences for our hospitals. To address the needs of patients and caregivers impacted by COVID-19, and to support emerging areas of greatest need, Guthrie has set up an Emergency Response Fund for those who may be interested in providing immediate resources to be deployed for this and future emergencies. You can make a contribution online here. On behalf of the Guthrie community, I thank you.
Please take care of yourselves and your families at this challenging time. Socially isolate by staying home and away from social gatherings; practice good hand and respiratory hygiene through measures like handwashing, coughing into one’s elbow, and throwing away tissues immediately after use. Call your doctor or schedule a telehealth visit through eGuthrie if you feel sick, especially if you have a cough, fever, or shortness of breath.
Our entire Guthrie team is working hard and I am proud of their dedication to serving our communities in this challenging time. As always, we are incredibly grateful for your support.