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August 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 2
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Jupiter Medical Center Establishes Command Center to Bolster COVID-19 Preparedness

March 23, 2020 - Since January, Jupiter Medical Center’s medical staff leadership, infection prevention experts and executive team have been developing plans to screen, isolate and treat COVID-19 patients, including conducting drills and training for hospital team members, and ensuring the careful stewardship of equipment and supplies. The medical center was one of the first hospitals to implement CDC guidelines for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19, and in the interim has also been working closely with the Florida Department of Health to strictly adhere to state and federal guidelines.
 
To streamline and centralize hospital operations in order to address an expected increase in patient volume of COVID-19 patients, Jupiter Medical Center has established an Incident Command Center. Similar to the actions the regional medical center would take during a hurricane, the command center offers a dedicated structure to streamline communication and provide administrative oversight to manage patient treatment, clinical staffing and the allocation of rooms, equipment and supplies.
 
“Consistent with leading national and regional hospitals across the country, we implemented a series of comprehensive measures early to improve our readiness,” said Dr. Amit Rastogi, Jupiter Medical Center president and CEO. “In addition to strictly adhering to CDC guidelines, we initiated additional preventive measures and began multidisciplinary training to prepare our team members to recognize and screen potential cases, implement isolation protocols, and properly use personal protective equipment while treating patients,” Dr. Rastogi continued.
 
The regional medical center also confirmed that it is starting to see patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. As required by federal privacy laws, Jupiter Medical Center is prevented from releasing any personal details about patients undergoing treatment.
 
Most recently, the medical center adopted The American College of Surgeons’ recommendations and began rescheduling nonurgent, elective surgeries to increase capacity and minimize the potential of COVID-19 exposure among patients, team members and frontline providers.
 
“We will continue to perform nonelective, urgent and emergency surgeries,” Dr. Rastogi said. “However, by reducing the number of elective procedures, we are able to conserve our supply of personal protective equipment, beds and ventilators for use in patients with critical illnesses, and ensure that more of our clinical team members are available to care for patients who are most in need when the time comes.”
 
Jupiter Medical Center is not a designated COVID-19 testing site in accordance with directives from the Florida Department of Health. Public health authorities have advised that hospitals should not be used for noncritical conditions or nonemergencies, including coronavirus testing. Individuals experiencing symptoms – fever, cough or difficulty breathing – are urged to call their physician or contact one of several state-designated testing sites that are equipped to take swabs for testing and send them to the appropriate lab.
 
The medical center continues to engage national and regional suppliers to procure additional resources and supplies such as test kits, N95 respirator masks and ventilators, to identify and treat those who may require hospitalization. In addition to implementing the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect frontline caregivers, Jupiter Medical Center is leveraging the use of Tru-D SmartUVC ultraviolet disinfection robots that deconstruct the DNA of deadly pathogens and eliminate common health care-associated infection culprits.
 
Beginning tomorrow morning, Jupiter Medical Center will be implementing a “no visitation” policy, with the exception of labor and delivery and pediatric patients who will be permitted one visitor. While the hospital recognizes this policy is highly inconvenient for patients and their loved ones, it is becoming necessary to reduce the likelihood of exposure.
 
The medical center has temporarily suspended health and wellness classes, professional CME and community events. Volunteer services and the hospital’s Motor Aid patient transport system also have been suspended.
If you or a loved one are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, members of the public are advised to call their primary care provider (PCP) for a screening. Or, you may call the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 hotline, which is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, at 1 (866) 779-6121.
 
For more information about Jupiter Medical Center’s efforts regarding COVID-19, visit www.jupitermed.com/coronavirus.
 
About Jupiter Medical Center 
Ranked #1 for quality, patient safety and patient satisfaction, Jupiter Medical Center is the leading destination for world-class health care in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. In 2019, The Leapfrog Group named Jupiter Medical Center a “Top Hospital,” a distinction earned by only 6 percent of hospitals nationwide. Jupiter Medical Center is also the only hospital in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties to receive a 4-star quality and safety rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Outstanding physicians, state-of-the-art facilities, innovative techniques and a commitment to serving the community enable Jupiter Medical Center to meet a broad range of patient needs. The region’s only independent, not-for-profit hospital, Jupiter Medical Center offers specialty concentrations in orthopedics and spine care; cancer care and oncology; cardiac and vascular care; neuroscience and stroke care; women’s and children’s services; urgent care; and other key areas. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2200 or visit jupitermed.com.
 
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