Last weekend, BCH provided another email update to community members relating
our health system's ongoing preparations against COVID-19. On Saturday,
April 18, CEO & President Rob Vissers, M.D., related encouraging news
about the pandemic’s impact on Colorado. Our community's ongoing
efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve by wearing masks, practicing social
distancing and constant hand washing are having an impact.
As of Monday (4/20), BCH had nine confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized
at Foothills Hospital. We had 11 patients who were awaiting test results
to confirm if they had COVID-19.
From Rob Vissers, M.D. - CEO & President, BCH
At a time when we’re all asked to limit trips outside our homes,
a visit to the doctor may seem out of the question. But if you have a
new or ongoing health condition, or develop a medical emergency, it’s
critical to get treatment right away, even during this pandemic. Boulder
Community Health’s staff and facilities are prepared to treat a
comprehensive range of medical issues while keeping patients protected
from the COVID-19 virus.
Doctor Visits Are Available — In-Person and Virtually
Anyone undergoing troubling changes in his or her health condition –
whether it’s shortness of breath, severe headaches or ongoing nausea
– should seek medical attention. In some cases, delaying treatment
too long can turn a minor issue into a major problem.
People with ongoing medical concerns, such as chronic heart disease, also
need to continue checking in with their physicians. Changes in a chronic
condition need to be properly assessed.
BCH primary care and specialty care clinics now offer current and new patients
a range of options for assessing and treating medical conditions, from
traditional in-person visits for serious issues to a variety of “virtual”
visits for routine concerns.
Learn more about our virtual options.
Urgent Care Centers Offer Extended Hours
If your problem is not life- or limb-threatening but you are concerned
and cannot speak to your health care provider soon enough, go to one of
Urgent Care Centers. Medical issues commonly treated at an Urgent Care include cuts, ear or
eye infections, and flu symptoms.
Urgent Care is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Urgent
Care staff are trained to safeguard patients from exposure to COVID-19.
Emergencies Need Quick Treatment
Seconds count in a medical emergency, so you should call 911 or go to
our Foothills Hospital
Emergency Department immediately if your symptoms are life- or limb-threatening. Emergency
responders and Emergency Department staff know how to keep you safe from
the threat of COVID-19.
What BCH is Doing to Keep You Safe
To further reduce everyone’s risk of exposure to respiratory illnesses,
BCH is introducing new screening requirements at all facilities. Starting
Monday, April 20, all individuals entering
any BCH patient care facility (Foothills Hospital, primary or specialty care
clinics, urgent care centers) will be required to wear a mask such as
a surgical or cloth mask. Exceptions include children under the age of
two, individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a known medical reason
such as trouble breathing, or the inability to remove a mask without assistance.
Additionally, all patients and visitors entering Foothills Hospital will
be screened upon entering the facility for signs and symptoms of respiratory
illness or for known contact with someone with respiratory illness in
the past 14 days, including suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
The Power of Community Support
Providing patient care in this era of pandemic can be physically exhausting.
The bond that develops between doctors, nurses and our patients is what
keeps us going. I want to end this message by quoting part of a beautiful
note we received recognizing the emotional support provided to a COVID-19
patient and his family by the physicians and nurses in the BCH ICU –
“Thank you for calling me when my dad was having a very difficult
time without any visitors. You gave me suggestions of things I could place
in a care package (favorite snacks, pictures of the family, cards…)
that could be brought to the hospital for him. Because I was not allowed
in the building, you met me outside when I arrived to personally retrieve
and deliver these items to my dad. The care package did exactly what you
knew it would do and lifted his spirits while aiding in his recovery.
It was so above and beyond to call and offer suggestions and then wait
outside during your lunch break for me to deliver a package…I will
never forget your kindness and thoughtfulness.”
For more information about COVID-19 and BCH-related updates, please visit our
COVID-19 Resources page.