Steward Health Care Responds to COVID-19 Outbreak
For immediate release: March 10, 2020
Contact: Jodi DeJong, Regional Marketing Director, [email protected] or \
Steward Health Care remains prepared to care for patients and the community
March 10, 2020 - The health and safety of our community is our top priority. We continue to monitor the local, national and global situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and are in close communication with the Utah Department of Health (UDOH), the Center for Disease and Control (CDC), and with other health care partners. Our medical staff includes expertly trained personnel experienced in routinely caring for patients with respiratory illness and infectious diseases, and we are committed to continuing to safely care for our community.
Out of an abundance of caution, we have activated hospital preparedness protocols to:
• Prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including COVID-19, within the facility.
• Maintain the health and wellbeing of our employees.
• Promptly identify and isolate patients with possible COVID-19 and inform the correct facility staff and public health authorities.
• Care for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 as part of routine operations, and potentially care for a larger number of patients in case of an escalating outbreak.
• Coordination protocols in place to effectively communicate with Public Health officials.
• Developing surge staffing models and operational plans in case of an escalating outbreak.
Our hospital and outpatient services are open. Scheduled appointments for surgery or treatments, and you are healthy, please plan to come in at your scheduled time.
Our Emergency Department is open and accepting patients.
Modified Visitor Policy – Effective Tuesday, March 10
Children ages 12 and under not seeking medical treatment will not be permitted to visit any Steward hospitals until further notice beginning today, Tuesday, March 10th.
Additionally, those outside this age group who feel sick and are not seeking care are asked to avoid visiting hospitals or other health care facilities for the protection of patients, hospital staff and the broader community.
About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care is the largest private, for profit physician led healthcare network in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 37 hospitals in the United States and the country of Malta that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 42,000 health care professionals. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,900 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services.
The Steward Health Care Network includes five thousand physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters per year. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah. For more information, visit www.steward.org