SVMC: COVID-19 Update April 2

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April 3, 2020
A Message from Tom Dee
SVHC's President & CEO
"Fulfilling Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) mission — of providing exceptional care and comfort for our community — has never been as challenging as during the COVID-19 pandemic."
COVID-19 Questions Answered
SVMC's Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson, MD, answered COVID-19 questions on WAMC Northeast Public Radio's Medical Monday program on March 30.
What to Expect at a Telemedicine Visit
Dr. Bob Schwartz shares how primary care providers and patients are using telemedicine to connect. Read More.
Making Essential Trips Safely
Ensuring that you have essential food and medicines is an important part of getting through the pandemic. Here's a how-to guide for going out. Read More.
Adapting Physical Fitness for a Pandemic
Boosting activity during new-found time at home holds benefits now and in the future. Read more.
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Important numbers, frequently asked questions, articles, and more are available at our website.
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Regulators Give Centers for Living and Rehabilitation High Marks for Infection Prevention

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, has earned deficiency-free status, the highest given, on a survey meant to determine ability to prevent transmission of COVID-19 and other infections to those living, recovering, and working within long-term care facilities.

"CLR has always taken pride in its infection-prevention measures," said Suzanne Anair, the facility’s administrator. "When COVID-19 broke on the scene, our staff was ready to do what it took to protect patients, residents, and themselves. They have done a tremendous job."

On March 20, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, healthcare’s largest payer and most rigorous regulating body, declared that they would postpone normal survey activities in order to complete targeted infection-control surveys. According to the announcement, the purpose of the new surveys was to ensure "providers are implementing actions to protect the health and safety of individuals to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic." CLR's infection-focused survey was on April 9, 2020.

Infection-control measures are particularly important within long-term care settings, where shared living spaces among the vulnerable elderly population have led to high rates of infection and death. 

CLR has cared for COVID patients and non-COVID patients throughout the pandemic. Leaders are proud to report that not a single known transmission of the virus has occurred at the facility.

"Considering that this is a contagious virus and our patients and residents are among the most vulnerable, we are grateful that we started to protect our building early by following CDC guidelines," said Dr. Jim Poole, CLR's medical director. "It is working."

One measure was restricting visitors to those providing medical care only.

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