About Coronavirus – COVID-19

covidNacogdoches Medical Center is committed to the safety of our patients, medical staff, employees, and visitors.  As we continue to respond to the effects of COVID-19 we will make adjustments within our COVID SAFE standards to provide the best care for the whole patient.  We are happy to announce that the strict adherence to the infection control standards have allowed us the ability to further ease visitation restrictions.

As patients and visitors enter the hospital they will be asked to self-screen for COVID-19 exposure and symptoms, including fever or respiratory symptoms. If visitors are found to have symptoms the hospital will not allow them to visit.  All visitors and patients will be required to wear a surgical mask, which will be provided by the hospital.

At this time, we are allowing:

  • Two (2) visitors for admitted patients during visiting hours of 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • One (1) adult visitor to stay overnight depending on patient needs related to safety
  • Visitation in the Women’s and Infant department does require those under 12 to be household siblings.
  • NICU allows the mother and one (1) other registered significant other.

Please communicate this with your loved ones who may want to visit.

Visitation in the Emergency Department and ICU will be restricted and handled on a case-by-case basis due to rapidly changing conditions.

Due to space limitations in our out-patient waiting areas and the need for social distancing, there will be one (1) visitors allowed for patients receiving out-patient testing and procedures (imaging and lab services). 

The policy of no general visitation in a COVID Patient Care area will continue.

We are committed to keeping our patients, our staff and our community safe.  Thank you for choosing Nacogdoches Medical Center.  It is our pleasure to serve you.

Thank you for choosing Nacogdoches Medical Center for your healthcare needs. It is our privilege to care for you during your stay with us. To provide our patients and their loved ones with peace of mind during hospital visits, we have established COVID SAFE standards, which include heightened infection prevention processes, training, testing and use of personal protective (PPE).

Given the increase in COVID patients, beginning January 11th , we are reinstituting a no-visitor policy.

Exceptions include:

  • Pediatric and Women's Services may have one designated support person during their stay.
  • NICU Inpatients may have two ID banded parents.
  • End of life patients may have visitation exceptions on a case by case basis.
  • Special consideration may occur for those whose presence provide critical assistance and are essential to maintaining patient's safety.

* No minors under the age of 16 will be allowed. Children of antepartum patients will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There will be no visitation allowed for a patient in a COVID Patient Care area.

As patients and visitors enter the hospital they will be screened for COVID-19 exposure and symptoms, including fever or respiratory symptoms. If visitors are found to have symptoms the hospital will not allow them to visit.

Please do not hesitate to speak to a member of our care team or a nursing supervisor who can help address any of your questions or concerns. We are committed to keeping our patients, our staff and our community safe. Thank you for choosing Nacogdoches Medical Center. It is our pleasure to serve you.

We’re here for you, your family and our community.

Nacogdoches Health Network works closely with the Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to any potential novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in our area. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we take every precaution to keep you, your family, our staff and our community safe.

Our COVID SAFE Standards

COVID SAFE standards are built upon deep clinical expertise from previous crises and on-going management of COVID-19, as well as continuous incorporation of CDC, CMS and State recommendations. They are a rigorous combination of infection prevention processes, training, testing, personal protective equipment and technology. Our COVID SAFE standards includes six components:
  • Distinct COVID SAFE and COVID CARE Zones – separate areas with clear signage and protocols
  • Rigorous Physician and Staff Protocols – daily screening, universal masking and access to PPE
  • Heightened Sanitization – enhanced cleaning of surfaces and plenty of hand sanitization stations
  • Access to COVID-19 Testing – in-house, rapid testing for patients, physician and staff who require it
  • Precautions for Patients and Visitors – provision of face masks, hand sanitizer and physical distancing
  • Enhanced Virtual Access – virtual care, remote monitoring and connectivity with loved ones

Additional Precautions

  • All outside groups and other events are canceled until further notice.
  • Entry into care sites is being limited. Anyone who enters will be screened carefully and requested to sanitize their hands.
  • Valet services are currently closed.
Protocols continue to adapt in real-time to follow federal and local health agency guidelines.

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As A Community Built on Care, we are here for you when you need us. For more information about novel coronavirus, go to the CDC website.

Vaccinations

The advent of COVID-19 vaccinations is a positive step in the pandemic fight. Here are some things to know about availability of the vaccine, and some do’s and don’ts to help you during the vaccine rollout.

DO
  • Do your research. Go online and check your primary care provider or local hospital’s website or social media for vaccine availability information.
  • Be patient. Know that vaccines are only available in limited quantities and that vaccinations for health care providers and first responders take precedence.
  • Check your eligibility. The Department of State Health Services website explains who is eligible to receive a vaccine and when.
  • Understand there is regional variability. Some regions may have vaccine available while others may not.

DON’T

  • Don’t just show up. Please do not arrive at your doctor’s office or hospital looking for the vaccine or information.
  • Don’t assume your local provider has vaccine available or that you can be vaccinated right away.

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