CEO Updates


July 29, 2020

 The following are COVID-19 testing and related policy updates for Ferry County Health:

  • Pre-op/procedure testing will be done in the hospital lab (check in at the front desk)
  • All other COVID-19 testing is currently being done in the trailer (including testing for travel)
  • The COVID-19 Testing Trailer is located down in front of the clinic and is now open M-F 8-4pm
  • Pull up at designated spots in front of trailer door (remain in your vehicle until given instructions by staff)
  • Open all windows and turn off fan when testing personnel are at your window(s)
  • All after hours and weekend testing requires an emergency department visit (please call 775-3333 option 1 for more details)

Please be aware that upon visiting our facility you will be screened (a few questions and a temperature) and asked to mask before entering our facility.  This is for the safety of our patients, staff, and especially the vulnerable residents who make our facility their home.  We will not tolerate aggressive or abusive behavior towards our staff or other patients.  This is a State mandate which our employees are required to enforce, they do not deserve to be an outlet for frustration over this issue.  We appreciate your help with this!  Again, we are committed to your safety and the safety of our staff.  This policy is not intended to make anyone uncomfortable.  We are confident the use of masking, along with good hygiene, does help to curb the spread of virus such as COVID-19 (the practice has been common place in our facility for longer than can be remembered during flu season, etc.). 

If you have a valid medical reason for being unable to wear a mask please call our facility before your visit to work out reasonable accommodations (Emergency Department is excluded – please do not delay emergency care).  Our providers will not provide exemption letters from masking for any purposes.     

Please note that for the safety of our Klondike Hills residents, Long Term Care residents, and staff visitors to Klondike Hills, our Hospital, and Long Term Care unit will continue to be limited (call ahead with questions).  As much as possible when visiting our Emergency Department, clinic and rehab department we ask only the person seeking treatment visit.    

Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA

Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health


July 10, 2020 

This is a COVID-19 update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health. 

Testing Data as of July 10, 2020 @ 7:45 am

(this is Ferry County Health Testing Data Only – other organizations are testing within Ferry County, see the Northeast Tri-County Health (NETCHD) website for complete county data) 

  • 2 Positives (1 patient has recovered) 
  • 183 Negative 
  • 18 Pending Tests 

Please see NETCHD press releases for information on other area COVID information. 

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, our visiting doctor area in the clinic is serving as an isolated respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues.  Again, our clinic, lab, emergency department, hospital, rehab department and radiology are open and are working hard to provide safe options to accommodate our community! We urge patients not to put off routine care. 

Please note that you will be asked to mask before entering our facility for the safety of our patients, staff, and especially the vulnerable residents that make our facility their home.

I emphatically ask that you be respectful of our staff regarding this State mandate. We will not tolerate aggressive or abusive behavior towards our staff or other patients. This is a State mandate which our employees are required to enforce, they do not  deserve to be an outlet for frustration over this issue!

Again, we are committed to your safety and the safety of our staff. This policy is not intended to make anyone uncomfortable. We are confident the use of masking, along with good hygiene, does help to curb the spread of virus such as COVID-19 (the practice has been common place in our facility for longer than can be remembered during flu season, etc.). If you have a valid medical reason for being unable to wear a mask please call our facility before your visit to work out reasonable  accommodations (Emergency Department is excluded please do not delay emergency care). 

Please note that for the safety of our Klondike Hills residents, Long Term Care residents, and staff visitors to Klondike Hills, our Hospital, and Long Term Care unit will continue to be limited (call ahead with questions). As much as possible when visiting our Emergency Department, clinic and rehab department we ask only the person seeking treatment visit. 

Respectfully, 

Aaron Edwards

Superintendent & CEO, Ferry County Health 

June 25, 2020

A few words on masking from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health…

Dear Community:

Masking is not new to us at Ferry County Health. We have been asking people to help us out by masking when they come to our facility from very early on in this pandemic (either with their own mask or one we provide), and for the most part our patients have been happy to mask. For that we are very appreciative. Use of masks has been a necessary part of our personal protective equipment (PPE) for both patients and staff under certain circumstances for as long as can be remembered. We are 100% committed to protecting our patients, staff, long term care and Klondike Hills residents from COVID-19 and the numerous other viruses we face on a day to day basis and feel that the mask, used often along with other tools, is a very important part of that. The governor’s mandate this week really won’t change much for us.

We understand that our screening process (temperature check and some basic questions), distancing, stricter visitor policy, and use of PPE (personal protective equipment) such as the mask isn’t always convenient, maybe even feels oppressive to some. It certainly isn’t meant to be that way, we are committed to partnering with our patients to protect our community. With or without mandates from our elected officials we will continue to follow current best practices for infection control which will likely include masking in various situations. I was reminded today by our hospital nursing staff that in late February we experienced a significant surge of patients needing inpatient treatment in our hospital because they were suffering from the flu (roughly 12 times our normal!). During that time NONE of our long term care patients contracted the flu from these sick patients though they live just steps away from our inpatient hospital beds (often being treated by the same clinicians on a daily basis). That was no accident. It was in large part because of the deliberate and disciplined use of PPE by our clinical staff and visitors. These patients are vulnerable and we cannot let our guard down, it is our duty to do our best for them and our community. Masks are definitely a critical part of our tool box to protect patients and staff.

In this nation, the use of masks is new to our business community and public life. It has understandably created a debate, one that I am neither interested nor qualified to fully enter into. Having said that, I am confident that proper use of a mask, coupled with distancing and good hygiene will help to slow the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. For most of the medical profession infection control methods, the mask being a major part of that, is a normal part of their workday. Due to this pandemic we all (clinician or not) now have been thrust into trying to figure out how to do infection control on a much larger scale outside of clinical environments. A very difficult and painful thing to figure out as we really haven’t faced this on such a scale in modern times. No way do we get this perfect or should we expect that of each other. We must ask ourselves, is it reasonable to expect a pain free, inconvenience free, and unchanged life during a pandemic? I think it’s worth it to do our best for each other by taking this virus seriously which includes taking precautions that might not always be comfortable, convenient, or fashionable (although I’ve seen some pretty creative and good looking masks). This is going to take practice, some failings, stick-to-itiveness and patience with each other to get through this!

Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA
Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health


May 28, 2020

This is a COVID-19 update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.

Testing Data as of  May 28, 2020 @ 9am (Ferry County Health Data Only – other organizations are testing within Ferry County, see the Northeast Tri-County Health website for complete county data)

  • 1 Positive (patient has recovered)
  • 121 Negative
  • 5 Pending Tests

Drive up COVID-19 testing will be moving to the clinic parking lot effective Monday 6/1!  The SAR greeting team will have their last day on campus 5/29.  A huge thank you from Ferry County Health for their service!!!

Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing M-F 8am to 5pm (call the clinic @ 509-775-3153), for afterhours testing call 509-775-3333 option 1. 

Please drive up in front of the testing trailer and roll down all windows (a lane will be marked and someone will come soon to help you). 

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, Clinic, Lab, and Radiology departments are open for routine care. We are beginning to do colonoscopies, EGD’s and Ultrasound Guided Injections again (call 509-775-3153 for more info). 

Physical & Occupational Therapy is now open to face to face visits.Please call our rehab department for more details @ 509-775-8400.  Behavioral Health appointments are now being offered in the clinic with Laura Karg, our licensed clinical social worker (call the clinic for more information or to schedule an appointment). 

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, our visiting doctor area in the clinic is serving as an isolated respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues.   Again, our clinic, lab, emergency department, hospital, rehab department and radiology are open and are working hard to provide safe options to accommodate our community!  We urge patients not to put off routine care.  Life may be on pause but your healthcare should not be, don’t become an emergency! 

Please note that for the safety of our Klondike Hills residents, Long Term Care residents, and staff visitors to Klondike Hills, our Hospital, and Long Term Care unit will continue to be limited (call ahead with questions).  As much as possible when visiting our Emergency Department we ask only the person seeking treatment visit.    

Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA

May 19, 2020

This is a COVID-19 update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.

Testing Data as of May 19, 2020 @ 8am (Ferry County Health Data Only – other organizations are testing within Ferry County, see the Northeast Tri-County Health website for complete county data)

  • 1 Positive (patient has recovered)
  • 111 Negative
  • 3 Pending Tests

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, Clinic, Lab, and Radiology departments are open for routine care. We are beginning to do colonoscopies, EGD’s and Ultrasound Guided Injections again (call 509-775-3153 for more info).

Physical & Occupational Therapy will be opening this week to in-person visits (week of 5/18). Please call our rehab department for more details @ 509-775-8400. Behavioral Health appointments are now being offered in the clinic with Laura Karg, our licensed clinical social worker (call the clinic for more information or to schedule an appointment).

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, our visiting doctor area in the clinic is serving as an isolated respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues.

Again, our clinic, lab, emergency department, hospital, rehab department and radiology are open and are working hard to provide safe options to accommodate our community! We urge patients not to put off routine care. Life may be on pause but your healthcare should not be, don’t become an emergency!

Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing at the main driveway to the hospital M-F 8am to 5pm, after hours call 509-775-3333 option 1.

Please note that for the safety of our Klondike Hills residents, Long Term Care residents, and visitors to Klondike Hills, our Hospital, and Long Term Care unit will continue to be limited (call ahead with questions). As much as possible when visiting our Emergency Department we ask only the person seeking treatment visit.

Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Healthferry-county-health-update-5-19-2020Download


5/6/2020

This is a Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.


Testing Data as of May 6, 2020 @ 9:30am (Ferry County Health Data Only – other organizations are testing within Ferry County, see the Northeast Tri-County Health website for complete county data)

  • 1 Positive (patient has recovered)
  • 104 Negative
  • 1 Pending Tests

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, Clinic, Lab, and Radiology departments are open. We are beginning to do colonoscopies, EGD’s and Ultrasound Guided Injections again in certain situations (call 509-775-3153 for more info). Physical & Occupational Therapy is working on safely opening soon to in-person visits. In the meantime we are offering telehealth options for current patients who have already established care. Please call our rehab department for more details @ 509-775-8400.

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, our visiting doctor area in the clinic is serving as isolated respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues.

Again, our clinic, lab, emergency department, hospital and radiology are open and are working hard to provide safe options to accommodate our community! We urge patients not to put off routine care. Life may be on pause but your healthcare should not be, don’t become an emergency!

Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing at the main driveway to the hospital M-F 8am to 5pm, after hours call 509-775-3333 option 1.


Please note that for the safety of our Klondike Hills residents, Long Term Care residents, and staff visitors to Klondike Hills, our Hospital, and Long Term Care unit will continue to be limited (call ahead with questions). As much as possible when visiting our Emergency Department we ask only the person seeking treatment visit.
Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA

Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health

4/27/2020

This is a Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.

Testing Data as of  April 27 @ 10:00am (Ferry County Health Data Only – other organizations are testing within Ferry County, see the Northeast Tri-County Health website for complete county data)

  • 1 Positive (patient has recovered)
  • 95 Negative
  • 2 Pending Tests

Wednesday 4/29 at 5pm we will be hosting a live Town Hall Facebook event to ask any questions related to COVID-19 and Ferry County Health (details below):

To participate in this Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall  visit the FCPHD#1 Facebook page, scroll down to the upcoming live video post, and click on the “get reminder” button.  

In order to be able to take part and comment, you must have a Facebook account that is more than 2 weeks old and be currently “Following” the FCPHD#1 Facebook page.

If you do not have a Facebook account and would like to attend by phone, dial by your location:

+1 253 215 8782 US Meeting ID: 955 0310 1132

As much as possible please try to join by Facebook.  Please contact our Public Information Officer @ (509) 775-8200 Ext 365 with any questions.

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, and Clinic remain open. Physical & Occupational Therapy is closed to in-person visits until further notice. Our physical therapy department is now offering telehealth options for current patient who have already established care (not accepting new patients yet). Please call our rehab department for more details @ 509-775-8400.

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, the rehab clinic is now serving as our respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues.  The clinic is also offering telehealth options (please call the clinic for details 509-775-3153).  Again, our clinic remains open and is working hard to provide options to accommodate our community!  Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing at the main driveway to the hospital M-F 8am to 5pm.

Please note that for the safety of our Klondike Hills residents, Long Term Care residents, and staff visitors to Klondike Hills, our Hospital, and Long Term Care unit will continue to be limited (call ahead with questions).  As much as possible when visiting our Emergency Department we ask only the person seeking treatment visit.    

Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA

Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health


4/15/2020

This is a Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.

Testing Data as of  April 15 @ 0930 (Ferry County Health Data Only – other organizations are testing within Ferry County, see the Northeast Tri-County Health website for complete county data)

  • 1 Positive (patient has recovered and is doing well!)
  • 78 Negative
  • 8 Pending Tests

Our clinic is actively calling seniors who have utilized our services recently to do “well checks” and inform them on what services are being offered for testing, etc.  Do not be alarmed if you or a family member is called.  Our strategy is to be proactive as much as possible in the hopes of preventing the significant outbreaks that are occurring in other communities.    

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, and Clinic remain open. Physical & Occupational Therapy is closed to in-person visits until further notice. Our physical therapy department is now offering telehealth options for current patient who have already established care (not accepting new patients yet). Please call our rehab department for more details @ 509-775-8400.

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, the rehab clinic is now serving as our respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues.  The clinic is also offering telehealth options (please call the clinic for details 509-775-3153).  Again, our clinic remains open and is working hard to provide options to accommodate our community! 

Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing at the main driveway to the hospital M-F 8am to 5pm.  If you have any of the following symptoms we urge you to call 509-775-3333 option 1 to determine if you should come in:

A fever of 100.4 F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

Onsite screening process is as follows:

  1. Follow signage and instructions to testing area
  2. Stay in your vehicle
  3. Roll down all windows

For after hours and weekend screening call 509-775-3333 option 1.  Not everyone with symptoms will be tested.  Patients will be tested based on current recommendations.  Currently testing results may take up to 4 days (with some exceptions).  You will be called with results. 

Please note that for the safety of our Klondike Hills residents, Long Term Care residents, and staff visitors to Klondike Hills, our Hospital, and Long Term Care unit will continue to be limited (call ahead with questions).  As much as possible when visiting our Emergency Department we ask only the person seeking treatment visit.    

Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA

Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health


4/7/2020

This is a Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.

Testing Data as of  April 7 @ 1120 (Ferry County Health Data Only)

  • 1 Positive (patient has recovered and is doing well!)
  • 68 Negative
  • 10 Pending Tests

Our clinic is actively calling seniors who have utilized our services recently to do “well checks” and inform them on what services are being offered for testing, etc.  Do not be alarmed if you or a family member is called.  Our strategy is to be proactive as much as possible in the hopes of preventing the significant outbreaks that are occurring in other communities.    

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, and Clinic remain open.  Physical & Occupational Therapy is closed until further notice.

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, the rehab clinic is now serving as our respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues.  The clinic is also offering telehealth options (please call the clinic for details). 

Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing at the main driveway to the hospital M-F 8am to 5pm.  If you have any of the following symptoms we urge you to call 509-775-3333 option 1 to determine if you should come in:

A fever of 100.4 F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

Onsite screening process is as follows:

  1. Follow signage and instructions to testing area
  2. Stay in your vehicle
  3. Roll down all windows

For after hours and weekend screening call 509-775-3333 option 1.  Not everyone with symptoms will be tested.  Patients will be tested based on current recommendations.  Currently testing results may take up to 4 days (with some exceptions).  Over the past week return time on tests has improved significantly.   You will be called with results.

Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA

Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health


4/1/2020

This is a Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.

Testing Data as of 1 April @ 1100 (Ferry County Health Data Only)
• 1 Positive
• 52 Negative
• 11 Pending Tests

Our clinic will begin calling seniors who have utilized our services recently to do “well checks” and inform them on what services are being offered for testing, etc. Do not be alarmed if you or a family member is called. Our strategy is to be proactive as much as possible in the hopes of preventing the significant outbreaks that are occurring in other communities.

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, and Clinic remain open. Physical & Occupational Therapy is closed until further notice.

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, the rehab clinic is now serving as our respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues. The clinic is also offering telehealth options (please call the clinic for details).

Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing at the main driveway to the hospital M-F 8am to 5pm. If you have any of the following symptoms we urge you to call 509-775-3333 option 1 to determine if you should come in:

A fever of 100.4 F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

Onsite screening process is as follows:
1. Follow signage and instructions to testing area
2. Stay in your vehicle
3. Roll down all windows

For after hours and weekend screening call 509-775-3333 option 1.

Not everyone with symptoms will be tested. Patients will be tested based on current recommendations. Currently testing results may take up to 4 days (with some exceptions). Over the past week return time on tests has improved significantly. You will be called with results.

Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA
Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health


03/30/2020

This is a Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.

Testing Data as of 30 March @ 0852 (Ferry County Health Data Only)

  • 1 Positive
  • 49 Negative
  • 4 Pending Tests

Currently the Northeast Tri-County Health District is investigating potential close contacts of the positive patient and these individuals will be given additional guidance and advised of precautions they should take.  The positive individual is not currently hospitalized and is isolating at home.  To protect their privacy, information that may lead to their identity being revealed will not be disclosed. 

Our clinic will begin calling seniors who have utilized our services recently to do “well checks” and inform them on what services are being offered for testing, etc.  Do not be alarmed if you or a family member is called.  Our strategy is to be proactive as much as possible in the hopes of preventing the significant outbreaks that are occurring in other communities.

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, and Clinic remain open.  Physical & Occupational Therapy is closed until further notice.

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, the rehab clinic is now serving as our respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues.  The clinic is also offering telehealth options (please call the clinic for details). 

Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing at the main driveway to the hospital M-F 8am to 5pm.  If you have any of the following symptoms we urge you to call 509-775-3333 option 1 to determine if you should come in:

A fever of 100.4 F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

Onsite screening process is as follows:

  1. Follow signage and instructions to testing area
  2. Stay in your vehicle
  3. Roll down all windows

For after hours and weekend screening call 509-775-3333 option 1.  Not everyone with symptoms will be tested.  Patients will be tested based on current recommendations.  Currently testing results may take up to 4 days (with some exceptions).  Over the past week return time on tests has improved significantly. You will be called with results.

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March 26, 2020

This is a Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health

Testing Data as of 26 March @ 0823
• 1 Positive
• 29 Negative
• 15 Pending Tests

Currently the Northeast Tri-County Health District is investigating potential close contacts of the positive patient and these individuals will be given additional guidance and advised of precautions they should take.The positive individual is not currently hospitalized and is isolating at home. To protect their privacy,
information that may lead to their identity being revealed will not be disclosed.

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, and Clinic remain open. Physical Therapy is closed until April 3.

Please note for the safety of our community and staff the rehab clinic is now our respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues. The clinic is also offering a tele option for visits (please call the clinic for details).

Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing at the main driveway to the hospital M-F 8am to 5pm. If you have any of the following symptoms we urge you to call 509-775-3333 option 1 to determine if you should come in:

A fever of 100.4 F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

Onsite screening process is as follows:

  1. Follow signage and instructions to testing area

2. Stay in your vehicle

3. Roll down all windows

For after hours and weekend screening call 509-775-3333 option 1. Not everyone with symptoms will be tested. Patients will be tested based on current recommendations. Currently testing results may take up to 4 days (with
some exceptions). You will be called with results.

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