CMHS Updates – Please remember that information changes daily in our dynamic environment
- New, faster App for Screening Process for entering the Hospital. Please see below for details.
- With COVID census coming down, 5 E will admit more Telemetry patients. All rooms on 5E are negative pressure.
- The CDC has reversed their recommendation, now saying that anyone exposed to an infected person for more than 15 minutes needs a test. An earlier guideline said it might not be necessary.
- CMHS COVID Taskforce:
- Universal PCR reference lab testing initiated for all CMHS admissions.
- Remdesiver use will be extended to early inpatient COVID, in addition to moderate and severe. FDA Remdesivir Emergency Use Auth. link
- Dr. Jeff Brackett continues to update the Medical Staff at the weekly Monday, 7:30 am COVID-19 briefings via Teams. To be added to the meeting contact Martina Longobardi in the Medical Staff Office at (805) 948-2201.
- Current COVID-19 PCR testing at CMHS – Panther, Cepheid, Biofire, as well as send outs to our reference lab. We are also using antigen and antibody testing when clinically indicated. The complex nature of which testing modality is used is dependent on test quantity availability, clinical context and indications as well as specialist review. Please continue to order Pre-op testing 4 days prior to surgery.
- Please send in-patients home with prescriptions generated electronically via PatientKeeper, rather than hand written. We are currently at 25% electronic prescriptions and must achieve a much higher percentage in order to comply with meaningful use requirements to avoid monetary penalties.
- Cottage Health has opened two Urgent Care centers in Oxnard, one in Camarillo and opening one on Victoria at the Ralph’s shopping center in Ventura. If you desire referrals from the Urgent Care centers send me an email with the title: Urgent Care referrals.
JW Moore Tuesday, Noon, CME Conference – “Diets, Herbs, Supplements and Cardiovascular Disease: What Really Works?”
C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D., Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute, will present a lecture on “Diets, Herbs, Supplements and Cardiovascular Disease: What Really Works?” At the end of the conference, the learner should be able to: 1) Review concepts including Diet and Nutrition, 2) Improve knowledge regarding the role of Diet and Nutrition in CVD, and 3) Review the evidence regarding the use of Diet and Nutrition to treat CVD.
The conference will take place on September 22, 2020, at noon, via Microsoft Teams. AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ & AOA Category 1-A CME credit will be available. If you would like to attend this meeting, please contact CME Coordinator, Erin Parker at email@example.com or 805-948-5638 and an invite with a link to the meeting and instructions on how to join will be emailed to you.
Electronic COVID Screening Day Pass to the Hospital
Beginning on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 we are introducing an electronic option for your daily COVID Screening Pass. This new option provides a faster way to complete the screening process and allows you to have your daily pass available on your mobile device.
Daily instructions for accessing the electronic screening pass:
- From your mobile device text the word “screen” to 80976.
- You will receive a text message with a link, click on the link.
- Enter your first and last name (as worded on your employee badge)
- Answer the two (2) screening questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms and exposure.
- Click the submit button.
- You will receive another text message with a second link.
- Click on the link to access your daily pass (Do not take a screenshot of your pass).
- Screening Day Pass is good for 24 hours.
- You can complete the electronic screening before you arrive to work.
- CMHS Screeners will verify your identity by reviewing your employee badge.
- You will still have your temperature taken.
- Screenshots of your Screening Day Pass will not be accepted.
- Standard messaging and data rates may apply.
- Traditional paper screening forms or wrist bands will still be available.
For any questions or concerns, please contact the Employee Occupational Health Department at (805) 948-2886. Thank you.
Medical Staff Flu Vaccine Policy and Free Clinics
It is the policy of Community Memorial Health System to require proof of Influenza Vaccine administration or a signed declination form of all physicians and Allied Health Professionals annually in accordance with the CA Department of Public Health’s recommendation. All Medical Staff and Allied Health Professional Staff members will be required to submit proof of vaccination or a completed Influenza Vaccine declination form. If you wish to decline the vaccine please complete, sign and return the attached declination form to the Medical Staff Office.
Influenza Vaccines are available through the hospital’s Occupational Health Department, or may be done at another healthcare facility. Below is this week’s CMHS Flu Vaccination Clinic schedule. If you have any questions regarding the clinics, the Occupational Health Department can be reached at (805) 948-2886. If you choose to have your flu vaccine administered at a non-CMHS clinic please provide a copy of your vaccination record to the Medical Staff Office and pick up the green hologram security sticker to affix to your badge.
You can fax your Influenza Vaccine record to fax number 805-648-4295 or e-mail CREDENTIALS@CMHSHEALTH.ORG
It is important to note that Flu vaccine documentation or a signed declination must be received by October 31, 2020.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (805) 948-5662.
CMHS Flu Vaccine Clinics for the Public
CMHS Weekly Medical Staff Calendar – September 21 – 25
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:30 am COVID19 Update
for Medical Staff - Teams
12:00 pm Cancer Cmte –
12:00 pm JWM Education Conf - Virtual
5:30 pm CMHS Credentials Cmte- BR &
5:30 pm Surgery Cmte – NA & Teams
12:00 pm General CA Conf – Teams
12:00 pm Bioethics Cmte – NA & Teams
6:30 am HIM Cmte -Teams
5:30 pm COVID19 Task Force Meeting - Teams
If at any time you are having difficulty connecting to a link in the MSV email, simply click on the Blog site link at the bottom of this email and you will find an active and functional link at the MSV CMHS Blog site.
“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.”
– Alphonse Karr
Keep the faith,
Stan Frochtzwajg, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Community Memorial Health System
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Tracey Shoop – Physician Liaison – firstname.lastname@example.org & (805) 490-3860
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Medical Staff Office – (805) 948-5662