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St. Michael’s doing elective surgery

By submitted, 04/29/20 9:46 AM

TEXARKANA – CHRISTUS St. Michael is resuming a broader range of procedures and surgeries this week, consistent with the guidance provide by Governor Greg Abbott. Our facilities have secured the personal protective equipment (PPE) and excess capacity necessary to safely care for the full spectrum of medical conditions and patient needs that we have worked so hard to address in our communities for more than 104 years.

We understand the need for social distancing and taking steps to limit risk of exposure to COVID-19. However, it is still important to put your health first and seek the care you need, especially in the case of an emergency. Call your doctor when you are sick, keep your annual screening appointments and most importantly, don’t ignore signs of a serious condition, like a heart attack or stroke. We are here and we are ready to care for you no matter what.

Safety first

The safety of our patients, Associates and physicians is our top priority. That’s why we successfully practice infection prevention every day. To keep all who enter our facilities safe during COVID-19 we have added the following precautions:

  • Limiting visitors
  • Screening everyone who comes through our doors including temperature checks
  • Isolating COVID-19 patients
  • Requiring everyone on our campuses to wear masks
  • Using telemedicine to treat active COVID-19 patients so their caregivers and support staff limit the number of times they enter their rooms.

We’re in this together

This may be an unprecedented time, but we have experienced many of these since CHRISTUS was founded 154 years ago. In fact, the first three Sisters who started our ministry in Galveston faced an epidemic of yellow fever within the first six months of opening the very first hospital.

Epidemics and tragedies have been part of our history, and so too has the resolve, after each of those challenges, to move on in love and service to those in need. We stand today in a rich history that gives us confidence that, with God’s help, we can do the same.

We are answering the call to help our community – today and tomorrow. In all that we do, we are devoted to keeping you, your families, our caregivers and our Associates safe. And we are here when you need care. We are ready.

Virtual Visits

Visit your doctor from anywhere – using your phone or computer. Go to ChristusVirtualMedicine.org or call 844-274-3627 to schedule your appointment.