In effort to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Anthony Hospital announced it will start to provide telehealth services for patients of all ages effective, Friday, March 20, 2020, appointments can be scheduled by calling St. Anthony Clinic, Mental Health Clinic and Chronic Care Center.
Patients are able to interact with a St. Anthony provider from the security of their home via phone determining the best next step for each individual medical situation. As each day in this crisis unfolds, one of the constants is a request to save doctor’s offices and emergency rooms for those who are in need of emergent care. The telehealth line offers an alternative healthcare option. This is particularly critical for the elderly and the chronically ill who should avoid potential exposure to the virus in doctor’s offices, emergency rooms, and hospitals. It is also important for potential patients of all ages who may not need to physically be seen in the doctor’s office for treatment for other acute and chronic problems, thereby cutting their risk of exposure to other illnesses.
This will allow Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers to virtually screen patients for possible coronavirus infection and treat other acute illnesses for patients prior to stepping foot in a medical facility.
“In this healthcare crisis, our mission is to provide quick and easily accessible medical screenings in a manner that keeps infected patients away from our most vulnerable populations, while also ensuring that anyone potentially infected with COVID-19 receives proper instructions,” said Eric Hammer, Director of Regional Operations, St. Anthony Hospital.
“Our goal is to relieve what could become an overburdened healthcare system and make it healthier for the patient to seek medical help,” said Eric Hammer. “We serve patients and families in the west central region of Iowa and we are making it safe for our patients needing medical care during this time.” Our website www.stanthonyhospital.org has links to most up to date information and guidance.
- appointments by phone