Bon Secours remains prepared for virus

Published 4:33 pm Saturday, April 11, 2020

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Bon Secours Mercy Health, which owns Southampton Memorial Hospital, was contacted earlier this week for an update on how the company is handling the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Jenna Green, a public relations and communications specialist with the Atlantic Group for Bon Secours answered several questions.

“Bon Secours continues to monitor COVID-19 updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health, among other local, state and national agencies,” Green stated via email. “We have a COVID-19 Task Force that is working around-the-clock to enable an agile response to this pandemic. Our clinical leaders have implemented protocols that are consistent with CDC guidelines to ensure the quality and safety of the care we provide to our patients. All of our updates and information can be found on and on our social media pages.”

Bon Secours was also asked what’s the number of test kits available in Franklin? How long until results are analyzed and reported from test kits? How many respirators and ICU beds are available in Franklin?

Green did not provide numbers, but replied, “To ensure the continued health and safety of patients and associates, Bon Secours regularly monitors current supplies and began planning early. We have plans in place to support our needs and remain committed to the appropriate and responsible use of supplies and equipment, at this time and always. This applies to COVID-19 tests, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) ventilators and other resources. We are resourcing from around the globe and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on appropriate usage. In addition, we are working collaboratively with other health care and government agencies.”

She continued, “Detailed data about hospital surge capacity in the state is coordinated and compiled by state and local health authorities. The most accurate capacity information should be obtained from these coordinating agencies. Bon Secours has plans in place to enhance capacity and we are working collaboratively with other health care and government agencies through this unprecedented event.”

As far as questions abut COVID-19 testing, Green directed the paper to the Virginia Department of Health.

Regarding bed availability, she pointed to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association.

Other questions concerned how many COVID-19 patients has Southampton Memorial Hospital has treated so far? How many are hospitalized now? Have any recovered and been released, and were they tested again before being released?

Green would only state, “Consistent with our responsibility to protect patient privacy, we are not releasing patient information related to COVID-19.”