Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) Medical Group leaders and physicians expressed growing concern over patients delaying healthcare services due to COVID-19. Physicians are treating sicker patients with illnesses that could have been more easily addressed at an earlier stage. HMH leaders ask the community to seek care for serious health concerns.
“We understand how some might hesitate to visit a doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tom Hustead, M.D., Medical Director for the HMH Medical Group. “However, delaying care for some health problems can lead to advanced illness and increased complications when the issue could have been more easily treated at onset. Every HMH facility is extremely safe so there is no reason to delay.”
HMH implemented multiple protocols and resources to support patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, at the HMH Emergency Department entrance offers split flow keeping those with respiratory symptoms from intermixing with patients who have other conditions.
Moreover, HMH set up three COVID-19 testing sites to prevent those with respiratory symptoms from unnecessarily coming to the hospital. HMH is offering COVID-19 testing by appointment at the following locations:
- Respiratory Virus Evaluation Center (RVEC) at 1004 Woodland Drive in Elizabethtown
- HMH Medical Group – Meade County Family Medicine at 534 Hillcrest Drive in Brandenburg
- HMH Medical Group – Bardstown Family Medical Center at 3615 East John Rowan Blvd in Bardstown
HMH physicians and advanced practice clinicians can also care for patients via video visits. These remote appointments keep patients healthy at home and connected to healthcare services. More than 75 HMH family care providers and specialists are available via video. Patients can call their healthcare provider to schedule a visit or learn more at hmh.net/videovisit.
“We want to remind the community and our patients that HMH is always safe and always open,” said Hustead. “Social distancing and other COVID-19 related precautions are here to stay. We cannot let our fear of COVID-19 prevent us from taking care of ourselves.”
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, please seek reliable, up-to-date, information. Recommended sources are: