March 19, 2020
As COVID-19 arrives in our region, I want to remind you that Coryell Health is here for you today, as we have been for 80 years.
Coryell launched telehealth capabilities to aid in social distancing and keeping our community safe, while providing quality medical care. We are advising that any patient with respiratory symptoms including cough and/or shortness of breath with fever or who thinks they may have been exposed to COVID-19, should call our hotline (254) 248-6263, and if needed, you can now have a telehealth visit with one of our doctors from your computer, iPad or phone. We will soon have a COVID-19 screening tool on our website. If you are having trouble breathing, or are having some other type of medical emergency, please call 911.
Infection Prevention Activities
Our hospital, clinics and long-term care facilities are safe. We have activated infection prevention protocols including restriction of visitors, only allowing medically necessary vendors inside, screening of everyone entering our facilities, as well restricting movement and groups within our facility.
Surpassing the required standards of care, we are meeting any patient suspected of having COVID-19 at their vehicle and screening them there, to keep them separated from other patients and staff.
Coryell Health is committed to being a resource for information and care, keeping you updated as we learn more. Your health is our priority. Our primary and specialty care clinics are open, taking appointments and caring for the medical needs of our community.
Now, we are calling on all Central Texans to respond appropriately and do your part. Avoid large groups as much as you can, especially if you are 60 years or older or have a chronic medical condition. Wash your hands regularly and stay home if you are sick to protect yourself and others. It is important to check on your neighbors and if you or someone you know does not have internet or access to care, but needs medical attention please call us, we can help. We have the ability to expand our service to those that are isolated/quarantined by utilizing our EMS System, if needed in the future.
Coryell Health will continue to work with the Greater Central Texas community and our fellow health systems to ensure that our community is prepared and ready to protect themselves and their families. In the past, our staff has responded to extraordinary events in extraordinary ways, these same efforts are leading us today. Because, at the end of the day, you are not just our patients. You are our family, friends and neighbors.
We are proud to serve our community.
Thank you, David Byrom, CEO, Coryell Health