Community Medical Center employees, providers and volunteers,
As the situation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, so does our hospital’s response. In addition to measures we’ve taken including restricting visitors, closing common areas, and adhering diligently to the Montana Department of Health & Human Services, Missoula City-County Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, Community is taking more precautionary steps to help ensure the safety of everyone at our facility.
Effective immediately, we will be limiting entry points to the hospital and screening everyone – employees, providers, volunteers, patients and the limited permissible visitors currently allowed – who enters the building. The following provides additional detail about both safety measures:
- Limited Entry Points: Until otherwise notified, everyone entering the facility should come through the following entrances.
- General Public – Main Hospital Entrance (on Fort Missoula Rd.) & Emergency Room (on South. Ave.)
- Staff, Medical Providers & Volunteers – South Ave. Entrance (by pharmacy / gift shop)
All other entry points will be closed until further notice.
- Screening Process: Upon entering the facility, everyone – including our employees, providers and volunteers – will be screened with their temperature taken. If it is over 100 degrees, we will ask screening questions. Based on this screening, individuals who are experiencing symptoms will be asked to return home. Employees, providers & volunteers may not report for duty until they have been fever-free for 48 hours without using temperature reducing medications.
We know that these increased precautions may seem concerning. We do not want to cause alarm – but we do want to send a clear message to our team members and community that we are prepared, responding appropriately and committed to protecting the well-being of our patients, visitors, employees, physicians, volunteers and community.
Your role in the well-being of our community cannot be understated. Thank you for your continued commitment to providing high quality, safe patient care and making our community healthier.