May 11, 2020
CLAREMONT, NH–With guidance from NH Department of Health and Human Services, The New Hampshire Hospital Association and our own Valley Regional Reopening Planning Task Force, Valley Regional Hospital is announcing that it will begin phasing in some services that were paused during the height of the COVID-19 crisis. This first stage will start on May 11.
During the first phase of our reopening, we will be focusing on lower risk procedures, including some elective surgeries, imaging services, infusion, cardio/pulmonary rehabilitation and rehabilitation therapy services. As we begin the process of responsibly resuming health care services and work our way into a new normal in our health care environment, we have been vigilant in our planning to make sure that our patients coming back to receive the medical care they need will be doing so in a safe and secure environment.
Patients returning to Valley will notice new signage, screening procedures and safety protocols now in place, as well as vigilant cleaning and sanitizing. Patients are strongly encouraged to wear a cloth mask of their own when they enter a VRH facility. Any patients exhibiting symptoms who are seeking care will be provided a medical face mask for their clinical visit. In addition, all permitted visitors and patients will be screened at the entrance to VRH for symptoms of COVID-19.
“We will be co-existing with COVID-19 in our community into the foreseeable future. We need to remain vigilant in our COVID screening and care for COVID patients, and be able to safely treat the patients who have had their non-COVID related care delayed or gone untreated. Safety for our patients and staff will be our fundamental guiding principle”, said Interim CEO Deanna Howard.
“We remind the public that Valley Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department is always open, and we encourage patients not to ignore the signs of a medical emergency – if you need medical care now, seek care now to avoid more serious repercussions to your long-term health. We are safe, and we are here for you.”
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