Kalispell,
15
March
2020
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16:37 PM
America/Denver

KRH further expands efforts to protect the health of the community

Last week, Kalispell Regional Healthcare instituted a Hospital Incident Command structure for the national pandemic. This structure allows hospitals to adjust business operations while working with health officials to ensure that medical activities are shaped to address all pandemic impacts.

“Protecting our patients, our employees and our community is our highest priority,” says KRH Chief Medical Officer Doug Nelson, M.D. “We are taking important steps to help stop the transmission of COVID-19, which is critical in keeping you safe. Hospital operations are continually being adjusted to ensure our personnel and physicians are prepared to meet those situations that a pandemic environment can exacerbate. This is a very fluid situation here and across the country. ”

Following are the most current updates:

Further Expanded Visitor Restrictions

KRH is expanding visitor restrictions at Kalispell Regional Medical Center to protect the health and safety of our patients, families and staff in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions are intended to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at KRH hospitals and the communities we serve.

Effective Monday morning at 7 a.m. KRMC will not allow visitors. Exceptions are only for parents, end of life situations, and essential caregivers. 

Temporary Closure of the Summit Medical Fitness Center

Member and community safety are our top priority. Social distancing is a key tool in our effort to reduce transmission of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Effective Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 7 p.m. and until further notice, we will be closing the following locations of The Summit Medical Fitness Center:

  • Summit Medical Fitness Center
  • The Westshore Medical Fitness Center
  • Polson Medical Fitness Center

This closure includes all facility programs and the SPARKs program. Clinical therapies located at the Summit (including physical, occupational therapy, Physical Medicine and Rehab) will continue to operate. 

 

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your help and for your understanding. Please review the precautions below. 

Preventing the Spread of Illness

Community members are reminded that the best way to prevent the spread of illness is through preventive measures including:

  • Washing hands thoroughly and often.
  • Covering your cough.
  • Avoiding touching your face.
  • Staying home if you’re sick.
  • Practicing social distancing
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are ill.

KRH Hospital Incident Command will continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation. Go to www.krh.org/covid-19 for up-to-date information. *If you are experiencing symptoms of cough, fever, or difficulty breathing, please call our 24-hour call center at (406) 890-7272.