LewisGale temporarily suspends ICU services at Alleghany hospital


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ALLEGHANY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Hospital officials announced the temporary suspension of ICU services at LewisGale Hospital in Alleghany County effective Monday, April 20 amid the coronavirus public health crisis.

“As the COVID-19 epidemic continues, we are making preparations across the LewisGale Health System to ensure we are ready to take care of our community,” says William L. Windham, Chief Executive Officer at LewisGale Hospital Alleghany. “One of those strategies is the consolidation and conservation of resources throughout the health system which allows us to shift physicians, clinical caregivers, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to our other facilities while we manage the COVID-19 health care crisis.”

LewisGale Hospital Alleghany officials say they have developed individual patient care plans to ensure care coordination for ICU patients, including transfer to LewisGale Medical Center or discharge. Meanwhile, all other services at LewisGale Hospital Alleghany will stay open.

In addition, according to Windham, “as we’ve learned from regional and national experts that it may be beneficial to centralize the care for patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are on a ventilator and waiting for test results, LewisGale Health System will now cohort these patients at LewisGale Medical Center.”

By centralizing COVID-19 patients, hospital officials say they can better protect caregivers and patients by managing the allocation of staff, PPE, and essential equipment like ventilators.

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