Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory | Adventist HealthCare | Maryland

Published on November 18, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory

As our community continues to respond to COVID-19, we want to assure you that Adventist HealthCare is ready to care for patients, no matter their medical need.

What is Adventist HealthCare Doing to Care for Patients?

Adventist HealthCare has a team of experts across our system that is working to provide safe care for all our patients, including those with COVID-19. Our processes are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our infectious disease experts. Adventist HealthCare continues to work with county and state public health officials on the latest plans to address the needs in our community.

Some examples of how we are protecting our patients and caregivers:

  • Visitor restrictions
  • Screening of patients and staff for symptoms related to COVID-19
  • Safe patient pathways
  • Social distancing
  • Fewer people in waiting rooms
  • Use of face masks
  • Performing additional training and exercises to help our caregivers safely and efficiently take care of patients
  • Additional beds and isolation areas across our hospitals, including at the Adventist HealthCare Takoma Park campus and the modular ICU units at Fort Washington Medical Center

Experiencing Symptoms?

Please remember that if you begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms, first call your primary care doctor or an Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care near you to determine next steps. We continue to monitor the number of cases in our community to ensure we meet the needs of our patients.

Community Testing & FAQ

Testing

Questions?

View our COVID Testing FAQ page.

Urgent Care Testing Locations

Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care centers offer COVID-19 screening and testing. You will be evaluated by an Urgent Care healthcare provider as part of your visit. Based on your medical insurance, a copayment may be needed at the time of your visit.

Urgent Care locations and hours are:

 

Additional Testing Locations

PLEASE NOTE: Adventist HealthCare hospitals are NOT community testing sites.

Community COVID-19 testing is available for Maryland residents with a valid ID (driver’s license, U.S. passport, Social Security card) from a number of testing sites throughout the community.

View Additional Community Testing Locations in Maryland

FAQ

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Information

Get the most recent public health-related updates regarding COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

Adventist HealthCare System Information

If I am pregnant, what should I do?

Check in with your doctor about ways you can protect yourself. We want to assure you that Adventist HealthCare is taking all necessary actions to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and caregivers. We are testing all of our maternity patients scheduled for a caesarean section or induction for COVID-19 within five days of their scheduled procedure. After pre-registering to deliver at one of our hospitals, a member of our pre-admissions team will contact you to schedule your testing appointment. Following testing, maternity patients will be asked to remain in isolation until their procedure date to avoid exposure.

In addition, our employees and facilities are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID-19. Please follow the visitor restriction policy to protect you and your loved ones. If you are pregnant, continue to follow good health hygiene habits:

  • Wear a face mask in public indoor spaces and outside when social distancing is not possible
  • Wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean common surfaces such as door knobs, counters, bathroom fixtures, phones and tablets
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow, NOT your hand
  • Avoid large gatherings, crowds and close contact with others

We recognize this is a difficult time for new moms. Here are some other tips to help you prepare for your stay at the hospital:

  • Prepare for your support person to stay the length of your visit. This will limit any back and forth and risk of exposure
  • Bring your car seat with you and keep in the car
  • If you have other children, plan for their care at home
  • Bring all needed items with you to the hospital such as nursing pillow, breastfeeding support items or other items you may need
  • Bring extra items for your support person such as clothes, etc.

Is my elective surgery being postponed?

Adventist HealthCare has resumed elective procedures.

What do I do if I need to see a doctor for a non-COVID-19 issue?

We want to assure you that Adventist HealthCare is here for all your medical conditions. You may be managing a chronic health condition such as diabetes or heart disease or have a new medical issue that requires care. Here are some tips to help ensure you get the right care when you need it:

  • For managing chronic health conditions, stay in touch with your doctor. Many doctors are offering telehealth so you can see your doctor right from home.
  • For minor illnesses, call your primary care doctor or visit an urgent care center.
  • If you need emergency care, don’t delay. Call 9-1-1 or go to closest emergency department. Learn when to go to the emergency room.
  • If you need a prescription, either for a new medication or your regular medication, call ahead to the pharmacy to check their hours and if they have a drive through or are offering curb side service.

What are the plans for the Takoma Park campus?

Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center has been working closely with the State of Maryland to coordinate surge capacity to care for COVID-19 patients. This plan includes expanding capacity at both the hospital in White Oak and at the Takoma Park campus of the former Washington Adventist Hospital.

Where can I go with additional questions?

If you have general questions or concerns about coronavirus, the following local government hotlines can provide you with updated information:

  • Montgomery County: Call 3-1-1 from within the County.
  • Prince George’s County: Call 301-883-6627.
  • Washington, D.C.: Call 3-1-1 from within the District.

The most up-to-date news and guidance can be found at CDC.gov.

For checklists to prepare yourself and your home, visit Ready.gov.

REMEMBER: If you have recent travel and/or exposure along with symptoms, please first call your doctor or healthcare provider.

Ready When You Are

We’re working harder than ever to make our locations safe, comforting places of healing introducing:

  • Safe Patient Pathways
  • Visitor Restrictions
  • Patient & Staff Screening
  • Deep Cleaning & Disinfection
  • Vigorous Infection Prevention
  • Fewer People in Waiting Rooms
  • Required Face Masks

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