Outside the emergency room at CHI St. Joseph hospital in Bryan, there is a tent.
President Theron Park says the tent is a pre-check for incoming patients.
Patients with respiratory conditions will take one path into the hospital, and others will go into the E.R.
CHI St. Joseph has no plans for drive thru tests, and there are no plans for tents outside their College Station emergency room.
Click below for comments from Theron Park, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.
The CHI visitor policy has been updated:
Effective at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, CHI Texas Division will have a new visitation policy in effect to protect our patients, visitors, employees and physicians. We are adopting a stricter visitation policy to align with Brazos and Harris County’s stay-at-home orders, as well as similar actions taken by numerous cities and counties in Texas.
The following changes will remain in effect until further notice.
• No visitors will be allowed in the hospital.
• Exceptions will be managed by medical decision makers in the areas of: end-of-life, pediatric, NICU, labor & deliver, and patients who need language services. However, under no circumstances are children under the age of 18 allowed in our facilities.
• Other exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Greeters will be screening at the designated entrances with a list of basic questions to help ensure that individuals who might spread the virus get the care they need while not exposing patients, staff, and other guests. Until the COVID pandemic has subsided:
• Healthcare workers with fever, cough, sore throat, or other flu-like symptoms are not permitted in any area of the hospital, unless seeking care.
• People who have traveled to high-risk areas for COVID-19 or had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 are not permitted to visit any area of the hospital, unless seeking care.
• All patients who are coughing are requested to wear a mask.
During this time, we encourage visitors to consider alternative communication options, if available, such as phone, FaceTime, Skype, text, or email.
We understand this change in policy may be difficult for families, but it is imperative we take additional precautions to keep our patients and community safe during this global pandemic.
Below are facilities impacted by the modified visitor policy:
CHI St. Luke’s Health (serving the Greater Houston community)
• Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
• CHI St. Luke’s Health—Lakeside Hospital
• CHI St. Luke’s Health—Springwoods Village Hospital
• CHI St. Luke’s Health—The Vintage Hospital
• CHI St. Luke’s Health—The Woodlands Hospital
• CHI St. Luke’s Health—Sugar Land Hospital
• CHI St. Luke’s Health—Patients Medical Center
CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial (serving the communities in Lufkin, Livingston, and San Augustine)
• CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin
• CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial San Augustine
• CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Livingston
CHI St. Joseph Health (serving the Brazos Valley community)
• CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital
• CHI St. Joseph Health Grimes Hospital
• CHI St. Joseph Health Madison Hospital
• CHI St. Joseph Health Burleson Hospital
• CHI St. Joseph Health College Station Hospital
For more information on how to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, visit CHIStJoseph.org/covid-19 or cdc.gov/coronavirus.