“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
We want to be perfectly clear – our hospitals, emergency rooms and physician offices are open, safe and here for you. While COVID-19 is new, our processes and procedures in place for infection prevention and preventing the spread of illness remain the same.
As we continue to learn more about the effects of this virus, the expansion and creativity of coming up with more ways to keep you and your family safe are constantly top of mind. The latest example of that involves our ground-breaking antibody test that can detect who has been infected with COVID-19—AND—who might now carry protective antibodies. This additional layer of screening will help us survey for asymptomatic COVID-19 infections among inpatient and urgent surgery patients. CHRISTUS is the first in our communities and is leading the nation in using this advanced method of screening.
The safety of our patients, Associates and physicians is our top priority. That’s why we successfully practice infection prevention every day. To keep all who enter our facilities safe during COVID-19 we have added the following precautions:
- Limiting visitors
- Screening everyone who comes through our doors
- Isolating COVID-19 patients to one area of the facility
- Temperature checks for Associates;
- Requiring everyone on our campuses to wear masks
- Using telemedicine to treat active COVID-19 patients, so their caregivers and support staff limit the number of times they enter their rooms
We’re in this together
This may be an unprecedented time, but we have experienced many of these since CHRISTUS was founded 154 years ago. In fact, the first three Sisters who started our ministry in Galveston faced an epidemic of Yellow Fever within the first six months of opening the very first hospital.
Epidemics and tragedies have been part of our history, and so too has the resolve, after each of those challenges, to move on in love and service to those in need. We stand today in a rich history that gives us confidence that, with God’s help, we can do the same.
We are answering the call to help our community – today and tomorrow. In all that we do, we are devoted to keeping you, your families, our caregivers and our Associates safe. And we are here when you need care. We are ready.