Methodist Hospitals Confirms First COVID-19 Patient - March 17, 2020

Methodist Hospitals today confirmed that its Southlake Campus is treating its first patient who tested positive for the virus COVID-19.  The patient presented at the Emergency Department.  All precautions were in place, the patient was assessed and placed in isolation and is now in stable condition.

Methodist Hospitals places the safety and wellbeing of its patients, providers and employees at the center of everything we do. We follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and are in active communication with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to ensure our readiness with the latest information on this rapidly evolving situation.  We have taken steps to ensure an adequate inventory of personal protective equipment and operating supplies, as well as cleaning and disinfectant products with efficacy against coronaviruses.  We have instituted detailed processes and procedures for screening patients for recent travel histories and symptoms, as well as for the transport, testing, housing and treatment of any individuals who may present with COVID-19 symptoms.  Our Emergency Management Team is also collaborating with other hospitals, local governments, and ISDH to coordinate responses. We are fully prepared to identify and treat COVID-19 patients while keeping providers, staff and other patients safe.

About Methodist Hospitals:

Methodist Hospitals is a community-based, not-for-profit health system with two full-service acute care facilities in Gary and Merrillville, Indiana, that has been leading the way to better health for residents of Northwest Indiana for almost 100 years.  Methodist Hospitals offers a number of award – winning programs, including its Neuroscience, Oncology, Heart and Vascular Institutes and Breast Care Center. Its range of services also includes Women & Children’s Services, Bariatric Surgery services, Emergency & Trauma services, Immediate Care Centers, Orthopedics & Spine services, comprehensive Rehabilitation services, Behavioral Health and Home Health Services. It has earned Magnet® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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