Beginning March 24, 2020, Princeton Community Hospital will offer DRIVE-THRU outpatient testing for COVID-19, based on a physician order.
Our plan is to offer this service, initially Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Parkview Center portico. You are required to have an outpatient physician order for COVID-19 testing in order to be eligible for this service. Drive up to the Parkview Center entrance portico, and remain in your vehicle. Someone from PCH will come to your vehicle window for registration, consent, and testing.
To all Mercer Medical Group Patients (Athens Medical Center, MMG Primary Care, MMG Cardiology, MMG ENT, MMG General Surgery, MMG Nephrology, MMG Neurology, MMG Pulmonology, MMG Urology, MMG Women’s Health) and The Behavioral Health Pavilion Outpatients:
For your health and safety, and to allay any concerns you have regarding an office visit at this time, we are offering virtual appointments via computer, tablet, iPad, smartphone, or regular telephone for certain appointment types.
Telehealth (computer, tablet, iPad, or smartphone connected to the internet) or Virtual Visit (via regular telephone) will enable you to keep your appointment from the comfort and safety of your home. Telehealth is for Medicare and most insurances, except Medicaid. Virtual Visit is for Medicare only.
Please call your Mercer Medical Group office or The Behavioral Health Pavilion Outpatient office for details and instructions on using these new options.
|Athens Medical Center||304.384.7325|
|MMG Primary Care||304.487.7936|
|MMG General Surgery||304.425.1852|
|MMG Women’s Health||304.425.0025|
|The Behavioral Health Pavilion Outpatient Programs||304.327.9205|
Do you have a fever, cough, or new shortness of breath but don’t have a Primary Care Provider?
IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS, PLUS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
• Over age 60
• Medical Condition (pregnancy, heart disease, lung disease, severe kidney disease, immunodeficiency, or cancer on chemotherapy)
• Employed as a healthcare worker, fireman, policeman
• Work in a grocery store or institutionalized setting
• Exposed directly to someone with COVID-19 (within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes)
YOU SHOULD BE TESTED.
Princeton Community Hospital/Mercer Medical Group and Athens Medical Center will offer Telemedicine Triage with one of our providers via laptop, iPad, tablet, smartphone, or telephone.
If your symptoms and history warrant testing, it will be arranged.
Call either Mercer Medical Group Primary Care at 304.487.7936
or Athens Medical Center at 304.384.7325.
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. • Monday through Friday.
We will accommodate as many as we can.
West Virginia has a toll-free hotline to address public and medical provider questions
regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19):
The hotline is provided through a long-standing emergency preparedness partnership between DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health and the West Virginia Poison Center. Operators are available around-the-clock.
PCH has made the very difficult decision to implement a NO VISITOR policy for the safety of our patients and workforce, effective March 24, 2020.
No one will be permitted to be with a patient except for the following:
• One essential caregiver will be permitted for pediatric patients
• One essential caregiver will be permitted for labor and delivery patients
• One essential caregiver will be permitted for emergency department patients if the patient is not able to participate in their care.
If an essential caregiver is needed for assistance in patient care (determined by the healthcare team), only one person will be permitted to accompany the patient.
End of life care will be authorized on a case-by-case basis.
Authorized persons will be identified with an armband provided to them at the entrance screening or by the healthcare team.
Additional visitors will not be permitted in the lobby or waiting areas. Restricted points of entry are in place with screening protocol.
In order to keep our patients and employees safe and to reduce the chance of the coronavirus (COVID-19) entering our facility, Princeton Community Hospital has temporarily suspended all support groups and community classes that meet in the hospital effective Monday, March 16, 2020.
These include: Diabetic Support Group, Cancer Support Group, Diabetic Education Classes, Childbirth Classes, and Breastfeeding Classes. We are also not accepting job shadowing students at this time.
Classes such as BLS, ACLS, and TNCC will continue for the time being.
This decision was made out of an abundance of caution. There are currently no confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area.
We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time. Our ultimate goal is to protect the health of our patients, staff, and community.
We are a fully-accredited 203-bed acute care facility serving a 10-county region in southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia. Our community-owned not-for-profit hospital was established in 1970 and now offers highly advanced medical technologies and procedures.
We are proudly located in the heart of Mercer County, West Virginia; an area rich in culture, history, and natural beauty. The City of Princeton provides a progressive business environment while preserving traditional hometown values.
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