Maintaining Your Health, Ensuring Your Safety

May 11, 2020

Maintaining Your Health, Ensuring Your Safety

Frank Mooring, MD, RRHS Chief of Staff and Rebecca Segal, CEO 

As healthcare providers, patient wellbeing is our chief concern every day of the year.  Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, part of how we kept our community safe was limiting elective and non-urgent procedures at Rutherford Regional Health System.   

Currently, the infection risk of COVID-19 in our community seems to be plateauing, allowing our community to start re-opening and Rutherford Regional Health System to begin gradually resuming these procedures.

For some, this change is a welcome return to maintaining personal health and addressing medical issues. For others, this news may cause anxiety about safety.  I’d like to address these concerns with the hope of relieving fears that might make people overly cautious about seeking care and treatment.

Expanding care – cautiously

Maintaining patient health is vital – but healthcare should never come at the cost of safety.  At Rutherford Regional Health System you don’t have to decide between health and safety.  Rest assured that we would not have resumed elective and non-urgent procedures if we didn’t have the resources and processes in place to do so safely.  You can rely on your medical team to keep you protected while addressing your medical needs. 

Throughout the pandemic, our team at Rutherford Regional Health System has been focused on conserving key resources – including personal protective equipment (PPE), beds for patients and other critical supplies. Due to our teams’ stewardship, we have adequate supplies to have begun resuming certain elective procedures. 

Maintaining a safe environment for all

Keeping our facilities sanitary and disinfected has always been a top priority. Now more than ever, cleanliness is imperative as we fight against infectious diseases such as COVID-19. 

To that end, Rutherford Regional Health System partners with a leading national environmental services vendor to implement the most effective cleaning and disinfecting protocols available in healthcare today. When you enter our facilities, be assured that great intention has gone into maintaining cleanliness.   

Enhancing safety with new protocols

As we broaden our services, things look a little different than before COVID-19. For instance, patients won’t see much of our faces due to the masks and PPE our medical staffers are wearing. While this is not ideal because connecting with our patients encourages us all, such protection is essential to keeping our patients and staff alike safe.