Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Updates on the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health’s Order on Vaccine Distribution

Vaccination of community healthcare workers

Jefferson Health is preparing to implement plans in Montgomery and Bucks Counties in response to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health’s Order, effective January 6, directing and allowing Pennsylvania hospitals outside Philadelphia County to allocate 10% of their vaccine supplies to certain community healthcare workers. Those healthcare workers are defined as individuals who work in a paid or unpaid capacity in a healthcare setting, and in a role that carries the potential for direct or indirect exposure to COVID-19 patients or COVID-19 infectious materials.

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If you live or work in Montgomery County or Bucks County, meet the eligibility criteria above, and are interested in receiving vaccination through Jefferson against COVID-19, please fill out this form.

Community healthcare workers may also access timely information about the vaccine and vaccine distribution on the following websites:

We, like hospitals and health systems across the country, are rapidly and carefully implementing plans to vaccinate front-line and other health care providers, both inside and external to Jefferson, as well as our employees and community members, in accordance with carefully established distribution plans and as approved vaccine becomes available from the federal government.

In accordance with guidance from the CDC and state agencies, we are utilizing a tiered vaccination approach that emphasizes safety and equity and includes plans ultimately to vaccinate all clinical and non-clinical personnel.

Please visit this site for emerging information about how to access the vaccine at Jefferson Health. We will regularly update this site and our social media channels.

During normal times, Magee Rehabilitation – Jefferson Health openly welcomes families and guests who want to connect with and comfort patients receiving care. We understand how important this is to you and to them as they heal and feel supported during their recovery.

The pandemic has presented all of us with some new challenges, and while we’re fully committed to providing patient and family-centered care, we must also ensure the safety of everyone entering our facilities.

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time. Our goal is to protect you, your loved ones and our staff. Patient and public safety are always our top priorities.

Please note: If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can use JeffConnect® for a telehealth consult with a Jefferson Health doctor anytime, anywhere through your cell phone, tablet, or computer with a webcam. Plan ahead and be ready – read the CDC’s resource list for your household.

Do you need food, medical care, housing, transportation or other services? Check out our searchable database– the Jefferson Health Community Resource– for services close to you.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Jefferson Health is committed to the health and safety of our patients. Currently, we are awaiting directions from federal and regional authorities on their plans for vaccine distribution to the public. Jefferson is actively preparing for patient vaccination and will evaluate whatever vaccine we receive for its safety and efficacy. Due to the evolving nature of vaccine supplies, we ask that you not contact your doctor’s office at this time regarding the availability of COVID vaccines.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccination, please visit the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions.

 

HOSPITAL VISITOR AND PATIENT POLICY

HELP US KEEP YOU, YOUR LOVED ONES AND OUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS SAFE PATIENT- AND FAMILY-CENTERED CARE

As we have been navigating though the pandemic for over two years, we would like to allow all of our patients the ability to be supported by their family and friends while they are recovering and healing at Magee Rehabilitation – Jefferson Health.

After evaluating recommendations and reviewing the various options for our patients, while continuing to provide a safe environment for staff, patients and visitors, we have made the decision to allow visitation for our COVID positive patients. See below for details about the updated visitation policy.

Inpatient Guidelines:

Visitors must wear a Magee Rehabilitation Hospital issued face mask at all times while in the building that covers their nose and mouth. They will be provided an ear loop mask when entering the hospital in order to protect our patients and our staffThey may wear their own NIOSH approved KN95.  No cloth masks or gaiters are allowed.  Other appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided based on the patient’s status.

No one under the age of 18 is allowed as a visitor at this time. 

No pet visitation is allowed at this time.

Each non-COVID patient may have TWO visitors at a time in the building

Visitors may change during the day but cannot overlap; Maximum 2 visitors at any one time.

  • Exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis; contact respective Case Manager.
    • Case Managers (CM) will inform families that any requests for exceptions for more than TWO visitors at a time must be approved in advance by the CM so that the CM can notify the front desk of the exception in advance of the visit (email preferred).
    • If visitors request for more than TWO visitors to go up at a time when the CM is not available for approval, the Front Desk team should contact the AoC (Administrator on Call) and they may approve (or not) at their discretion.
  • A patient who is under the age of 18, with a parent/guardian staying with them 24/7, may have an additional visitor – the resident parent is not counted as a visitor.
  • On the day of admission, patient may have two persons accompany them to assist them with the admission process and to accommodate bringing in personal items (clothing, etc).

For any patient who is under investigation for, or with a confirmed COVID positive diagnosis, and NOT de-escalated, visitation is only permitted by ONE person per day.  Full PPE (gown, gloves, mask and eye protection) must be worn for any visit.  This category patient is restricted to their room until confirmed negative, or de-escalated.

For any patient who was COVID Positive, but is now de-escalated, visitation will apply as non-COVID patients, dependent on any other co-morbidities, such as open airway, etc.

For any patients with an Open Airway, PPE (N95/procedure mask, face shield/eye protection and gloves) are to be worn for any visit.    

Visitors should primarily remain in the patient’s room, the cafeteria or may use one of the public bathrooms.  For those patients who have a green, yellow or orange tag, and are allowed to go to the 6th floor independently or with designated supervision level (defined by tag color), their visitor may accompany them to the rooftop, and must continue to practice social distancing and wear their Magee issued mask at all times.  Visitors are expected to eat in the cafeteria if they choose to eat while in the building and not in the patient room because the mask should not be removed for any reason while with the patient.

Visitors are not permitted in the therapy gyms unless pre-arranged with therapy staff and for scheduled teaching or caregiver purposes.  Visitors may accompany patients to other enclosed spaces, such as the art therapy studio, music/pastoral care room, or the greenhouse, as long as meeting the designated guidelines of that area (i.e. safe distancing, masking, limited number of persons allowed at a time).  Those designated guidelines should be controlled by the therapist in charge of that area.

No visitation sessions are allowed in the lobby. Patients may NOT go to the lobby to congregate with visitors.  As noted above, visitors are expected to not congregate in the lobby.

One parent/guardian of an under-aged patient may accompany the patient to all activities.

Social distancing (three feet or greater) is required by all visitors while in the facility and in the patient room unless involved in hands-on teaching with the patient.

Frequent hand hygiene (washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use of alcohol hand sanitizing gel) is strongly recommended while visiting in order to protect visitor and the patient.  Visitors involved in hands-on teaching with the patient will be required to wash or sanitize hands before and after all patient contact and donning/doffing of gloves. 

Outpatient Guidelines

As mentioned above, patient and visitor must wear the hospital approved face covering at all times that covers nose and mouth.

Clinics/ambulatory practices– one support person only preferred

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: 11/23/2021