Contact: Carey Guhlke-Falk
SEATTLE — Lincoln Hospital and Clinics has teamed up with more than 100 hospitals across the state to urge our communities not to put their health care on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clinics across the state have reported abnormally low volumes of patients seeking routine medical care. At the same time, visitors to the emergency department are arriving with more severe illness, having delayed care. The educational campaign is aimed at addressing the concerns keeping people from seeking appropriate care.
“We’ve heard that patients are afraid of contracting COVID from other patients in the hospital or that care teams won’t have time to care for them if it isn’t COVID-related,” Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) President & CEO Cassie Sauer said. “Health care teams are taking steps to ensure people’s safety when they need to seek care – from screening to eliminating waiting rooms. Care is safe and available for you and your family. Please, don’t let your health become an emergency.”
“We do not want diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure to go unchecked,” said Dr. Ralph Monteagudo, family practice physician for Lincoln Hospital and Clinics and Public Health Officer for Lincoln County. “Chronic diseases can also be deadly so scheduled maintenance of preventative visits remain important for the health of our communities.”
Hospitals and health systems will continue building awareness surrounding this issue for the next several weeks as part of their response to COVID-19.
About Lincoln Hospital and Clinics
Lincoln Hospital and Clinics is a community centered organization with small-town heart, dedicated to providing and coordinating personalized healthcare. They are a multi-facility public hospital district with 250 employees serving rural Lincoln County, WA. The district includes Lincoln Hospital, a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in Davenport, WA; 3 area clinics including: Davenport Clinic, Reardan Clinic, and Wilbur Clinic; and Peak Fitness Physical Therapy, an out-patient physical therapy clinic. Services include acute care, imaging, laboratory, outpatient nursing, rehab services, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, primary care, emergency medical services, care coordination, chronic disease management, ER, pain management ,respiratory therapy, transitional care, and more. Lincoln Hospital and Clinics started in 1963 by a grassroots movement in the local community as a stand-alone hospital. Since then, it has grown to become a leader in rural healthcare by pioneering programs like Level I Cardiac Care, F.A.S.T. Stroke and the use of robotic technology to provide access to hospitalists and specialists. For more information about Lincoln Hospital and Clinics go to www.lincolnhospital.org.
About the Washington State Hospital Association
Washington State Hospital Association advocates for and provides value to members in achieving their missions and improving the health of their communities. WSHA represents more than 100 hospitals and health systems in the state, including those that are non-profit, investor-owned, and county, state and military hospitals. The Quadruple Aim guides our members and our work as we strive to reduce the cost of health care and improve the patient experience, the clinician experience and the health of our communities. Visit www.wsha.org/getcare for more information.