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Emerson Hospital Update

May 4, 2020
Dear Community Friends,
     Thank you for your continued support of our Emerson Hospital heroes! I am so proud of how Emerson has fought this battle with your support. We see glimmers of hope as we witness patients re- cover and go home every day.
     Although COVID‐19 will remain prevalent until we have a vaccine, the tide is shifting and recovery planning is underway. Life must go on! Our primary focus remains the health and safety of our staff and patients.
Emerson is Here, For You
     Please know that we are here for you as you adjust to a new normal. We are living through stressful times. Accessing healthcare should not be. Here are some things you should know:
• Do Not Delay Care:
Call your doctor if you are not feeling well! Most Emerson doctors are using Telehealth for care that does not require an office visit. Delaying care can be harmful for you. Health screenings and well-checks are so important. Children must continue their well checkups, including vaccinations to prevent their risk of exposure to preventable diseases.
• The Hospital is Safe:
Our Emergency Department, imaging, lab, and all areas remain clean and available for you. Babies are being delivered, and emergency surgeries and procedures have continued throughout the pandemic. Every patient receives care in the safest way possible. While our visitor policy must remain restricted, iPads are provided to patients to communicate with their loved ones. Our professional environmental services team thoroughly cleans every area of the hospital regularly, adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
• Prepared for a New Normal: 
As soon as State and Federal guidance allows, we are prepared to open and safely perform necessary surgeries and procedures for all patients. This will include continued testing of hospital staff, sep- arate areas and entrances for patients without symptoms of COVID‐19, and social distancing.
• Continued Care for COVID‐19: We have the necessary personal protective equipment for patients and staff. Patients with COVID‐19 symptoms are cared for in separate areas in the hospital and urgent care. For your convenience, drive-through COVID‐19 testing is available at Emerson Urgent Care in Littleton with a doctor’s order.
     We are so grateful for your support! As a not-for-profit hospital, financial contributions are essential now more than ever. Please consider a donation in any amount.
     You can double your impact this Tuesday, May 5! The world is coming together for #GivingTuesdayNow. A generous donor has agreed to match every donation dollar for dollar up to $50,000.
     Thank you for being there for us, so we can be here for you!
Be well,
Chris
Christine Schuster, RN, MBA President and CEO
Emerson Hospital
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