Winneshiek Medical Center opens up for increased patient care

Released: 05/18/20

Services at Winneshiek Medical Center are increasing as medical center staff take safety precautions to minimize exposure and risk of COVID-19.

These precautions include: increased COVID-19 testing capabilities (through the Mayo Clinic laboratory), managed personal protective equipment (PPE) supply, robust patient screening at all patient entrances, active monitoring of staff, universal masking, and enhanced cleaning of patient care and staff areas.  Additionally, patients with respiratory symptoms receive care in a separate area of the medical center called the Respiratory Illness Clinic, and WMC staff are escorting patients directly to exam rooms, eliminating waiting areas during this time.

Scott Bohner, D.O., Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine physician at Winneshiek Medical Center, says, “The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority.  Teams have been working together to create detailed plans to minimize everyone’s risk of exposure to COVID-19.  Patients can feel confident returning to WMC for care.”

One of the most important aspects of the return-to-care planning is PPE supply.  Dr. Bohner says, “We have received shipments of personal protective equipment (PPE) that allow us to perform many of the procedures and appointments we deferred in March, when our access to PPE was limited.”  He adds, “At this time, we are now confident in our re-supply of PPE, protecting the safety of our patients and staff while in our facility.”

Winneshiek Medical Center continues to provide face to face appointments, but some appointments are now offered through telehealth.  Telehealth is a secure way to visit a health care provider from the comfort of a patient’s own home. To access telehealth services, patients need to have a smartphone, an iPad or a computer.

Dr. Bohner says, “Provider teams will work with patients to determine to best plan of care going forward, whether that be in-person care, telehealth, or a combination of both.  We look forward to re-connecting with patients as we safely and responsibly increase access to our services.”

Adjustments continue to be made to the safety practices at Winneshiek Medical Center in consultation with WMC Incident Command staff, WMC medical staff, state and national government executive orders, and guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To make an appointment with a primary care or specialty care provider at Winneshiek Medical Center, call 563-382-2911.

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