Williamson Medical Center Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

July 17, 2020

As the Tennessee Department of Health reported a record number of hospitalizations this week, WMC also hit a new peak in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, doubling the highest number of admitted patients since the onset of the pandemic in March. While this changes at any given moment, at present WMC is currently treating 21 hospitalized COVID-19 patients ranging from 40 to 90 years of age, with and without underlying health conditions.

The number of WMC employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have a household member who is positive has increased dramatically in accordance with overall trends across the state.  This has created a critical staffing situation and we are making adjustments to ensure appropriate care for all patients at WMC.

However, in an effort to limit the impact on hospital floor staff and save valuable resources, effective Tuesday, July 21, WMC is cancelling all elective inpatient surgeries that would require an overnight stay. If patients can be discharged on the same day, those procedures may be completed as scheduled. We are continuing with emergency surgeries as usual.

The hospital is currently at 70% capacity of beds utilized for COVID-19. We have adequate isolation space for current patients and transitional plans in place for activation as needed to maximize capacity. In response to increased test demand, at this time we are not providing COVID-19 testing for those who do not have symptoms or meet screening criteria. Asymptomatic individuals may locate other approved area testing sites at https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov/remote-assessment-sites.html.

WMC remains confident in the necessary precautions we are taking to protect our patients and staff while continuing to serve the full spectrum of healthcare needs of our community. In addition to existing safety measures in place, we have also implemented enhanced protection protocols including symptom screening upon entry, universal mask requirements, physical distancing, increased sanitation and a limited visitor policy.

While we are prepared to provide COVID-19 care, we continue to safely serve all healthcare needs. WMC continues to urge patients not to delay routine or urgent medical care. Telehealth services are also available.

At this time, we have appropriate medical equipment and supplies on hand. However, in order to conserve PPE supply, we welcome the donation of courtesy masks from the community as we did early in the pandemic.

Social distancing within the community remains critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19. In addition, the CDC recommends that individuals over two years of age wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Proper hygiene including washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer when necessary should also remain a priority as well as the cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces.

Your health is always our priority. We appreciate the community’s support as we continue to navigate this critical health situation.

To stay informed about COVID-19 visit www.CDC.gov or call the Tennessee Department of Health patient hotline at 877-857-2945 with questions.

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ABOUT WILLIAMSON MEDICAL CENTER
Williamson Medical Center offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, 24-hour emergency care, preventive health screenings and wellness activities. Services offered by Williamson Medical Center are developed to provide the most cost-effective, convenient and accessible healthcare possible. More than 750 providers represent over 70 medical specialties and sub-specialties. The caliber of physicians and care at Williamson Medical Center continues to advance the way healthcare is delivered to our region with compassion and convenience unique to WMC. Our campus also houses Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center, which provides pediatric emergent and inpatient care, and the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee – the region’s premiere destination for orthopaedic excellence. In addition, WMC’s Williamson Medical Group includes over 35 providers offering everything from primary care to surgery to pulmonary and sleep medicine. For more information, visit www.WilliamsonMedicalCenter.org.

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