CHI Franciscan COVID-19 Updates
Updated: November 24, 2020
“COVID-19 is on the rise and our staff is working courageously and tirelessly to meet the needs of our patients, staff, and communities. We are limiting visitation to all our hospitals to protect our staff and patients, but we also need the support of the community. All of us must work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Wear a mask, maintain social distancing, wash your hands, and please be safe this winter.” – Cary Evans, VP of Communications and Government Affairs, CHI Franciscan
- As of the week of November 23, CHI Franciscan had 111 COVID-19 patients admitted across the hospital system. This is a 30 percent increase over last week’s admitted cases.
- Like many Washington hospitals, CHI Franciscan is experiencing bed capacity and staffing challenges as admitted COVID-19 cases increased by nearly 150 percent across the entire system since the beginning of the month.
- CHI Franciscan is in a unique position as the only hospital system in Washington state with a Mission Control Command Center, which has been invaluable in managing the pandemic. From a centralized location we can monitor every patient and every room across the system in a single snapshot, including tracking beds, ventilators, negative airflow rooms, and more — enabling care teams to make real-time decisions to best treat our patients. Additionally, we can identify and adjust for system-wide staffing needs to ensure staffing levels are appropriate across all sites.
Elective and non-urgent procedures
- CHI Franciscan is not restricting non-urgent procedures at this time. We are closely monitoring our numbers across the system to ensure we are able to manage an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, while ensuring we maintain sufficient capacity to provide the level of care needed for all patients in the hospital.
Visitor restrictions and employee screening
- We are implementing Level 3 visitor restrictions across our acute care hospitals, which generally means no visitors except in limited circumstances, such as beginning or end of life care. This decision is intended to limit potential spread as increased cases in the community increases the risk in our hospitals.
- We have taken several steps throughout the pandemic to address the challenges associated with providing care during this time. We adhere to and communicate all relevant regulatory guidance on PPE usage in the hospital. We have also increased testing and screening processes, including thoroughly screening all employees before they begin their shifts and testing all patients who are admitted to the hospital. Any employees with symptoms are urged to stay at home until they can be tested.
- Like many hospitals we have had to acquire significant increases in PPE than were needed prior to COVID-19, while grappling with an unpredictable national supply chain. We approach PPE sourcing not just as a single hospital or region, but as an entire system. We can rely on our national resources to help track down additional PPE if we are in need locally.
- Thanks to more robust supply chains and our national approach to sourcing, we are well-stocked with PPE in anticipation of increased COVID-19 cases.
We appreciate the continued dedication of all of our employees who are on the frontlines of the pandemic serving our communities. We also thank our patients for their support and urge them to do their part to social distance and wear masks — it will take all of us working together to get through this crisis.