To protect patients, as well as staff and the community, HMH has created a temporary, centralized respiratory clinic to provide specialized care to referred patients with respiratory symptoms. The HMH Respiratory Virus Evaluation Center (RVEC) saw its first patient on Friday, March 20.
“The HMH Medical Group set up a temporary, pop-up clinic to address the potential influx of respiratory patients related to COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses,” said Thomas Hustead, M.D., Medical Director for HMH Medical Group. “We want to provide the best care possible without overwhelming hospital functions. I cannot say thank you enough to the physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses and staff who are working to care for clinic patients during these unprecedented times.”
As of today, the respiratory clinic, located at 1004 Woodland Drive, will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The space has been specially outfitted as a “drive thru” for referred patients experiencing respiratory symptoms like fever, cough, or shortness of breath. While isolated in their car, the patient will be registered, triaged, tested and seen by a physician or advanced practice clinician. In most cases, patients will be treated the same day as their referral.
Due to potentially high volumes, the clinic is only available to patients referred by an area physician or advanced practice clinician or via the HMH Patient Symptom Hotline, (270) 979-7777.
Patients experiencing respiratory symptoms are encouraged to call the HMH Patient Symptom Hotline, also open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. nurses will field questions and direct patients to the appropriate level of care. Hotline use should be limited to those with symptoms or those with a loved one experiencing symptoms, such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, please seek reliable, up-to-date, information.
Recommended sources are:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services or Public Hotline: 1-800-722-5725
Lincoln Trail District Health Department
Hardin Memorial Health or Patient Symptom Hotline: (270) 979-7777