While there currently are no known coronavirus cases in any PruittHealth locations, leaders of the family-owned health care provider are taking extra precautions to keep patients and employees safe.
The below measures are taken up by PruittHealth :
Conduct Onsite Screenings. All PruittHealth locations are screening employees, visitors, vendors, patients, and residents upon entering facilities. No one experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness will be allowed to enter.
Expand Housekeeping Services. The time PruittHealth environmental services and dietary teams spend at each location will be increased by one-third. This additional time spent will be used for continuous cleaning of high-touch service areas.
Limit Visitation. Under guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services, visitors are highly discouraged at all PruittHealth skilled nursing centers to prevent spread of the virus and help protect patients, one of the most vulnerable populations. Limited visiting hours are in effect for immediate family members who wish to visit.
Incentivize a Healthy Workforce. In the event that an active coronavirus case presents, the PruittHealth partners who work their assigned shifts and other shifts as requested, will be eligible for a bonus when their facility is deemed virus-free.
Stock up on Critical Supplies. Each location is preparing for potential supply chain interruptions by increasing the stock of food, supplies and most-prescribed medications.
Suspend Volunteer Services. For the health and safety of our patients, all volunteer activities will be suspended until further notice. Volunteers are invited to maintain contact with residents through use of phone and video calls when feasible.
Activate an Emergency Operations Center. PruittHealth employees, patients, residents, and family members should call 855-742-5983 with any questions about PruittHealth's protocols. Call center hours are 8am – 8pm daily.
Additional Training. Every PruittHealth employee completes two in-services, infection control and COVID-19 training to ensure staff are prepared to effectively care for patients and residents.
"We are living in extraordinary times, and these measures are likely the beginning of adjustments we will make to safeguard our partners, patients and residents," said Neil L. Pruitt, Jr., Chairman and CEO of PruittHealth. "It is an honour and a privilege to care for hometown heroes throughout the Southeast, and the PruittHealth family takes this responsibility seriously."