Beaumont Health Responds to COVID-19

by John Fox, Beaumont Health CEO

Many of us have been inundated by alerts, texts, tweets and conversations with friends and family about COVID-19, the new coronavirus that originated from Wuhan, China. Beaumont Health is monitoring the virus situation closely and has launched a webpage where you can find reliable, regularly updated information and resources.

 

We are committed to providing compassionate, extraordinary care every day for our patients. The safety of our patients, their families, and each other is our number one priority. Further, our hospitals are prepared and equipped to safely manage patients with COVID-19.

 

Our Response

 

Beaumont's COVID-19 Steering Committee meets regularly to share the latest updates and national/international data with leaders systemwide. This group of senior administrative and physician leaders is led by Dr. Nicholas Gilpin, Beaumont's system director of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology, and Beth Wallace, senior director of System Infection Prevention and Epidemiology.

 

Our Infection Control and Epidemiology team experts also work closely with physicians, nurses, administrators, supply chain leaders and others to make sure we have the equipment, supplies, processes and procedures in place to manage our response to the outbreak as it continues.

 

Standard infection prevention practices are already in place for all our physicians and staff. Their relentless commitment to handwashing, hygiene and other safety practices means that infection prevention is part of our daily routine.

 

What You Can Do

  • Stay home when you are sick (fever, cough, upper respiratory infection symptoms).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating, after coughing or sneezing, and after using the bathroom.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then put the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

 

I am proud of our team's focused commitment to infection prevention right now and every day. Their dedication provides our patients and families with both excellent care and peace of mind and is how we keep each other safe.

 

We are also committed to transparency, and will continue to keep you, our patients and our community informed as the situation evolves.

 

Thank you.


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