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Logansport Memorial's phased re-opening continues

On Monday, June 1, Governor Holcomb has declared that Cass County can move into Stage 3 of his "Back on Track Indiana" plan.

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Highlights of Stage 3 include:

  • Allowing for additional public spaces to open -- like community pools, movie theaters, and gyms and fitness centers -- with social distancing and some capacity restrictions in place
  • Retail stores and malls may move to 75% of capacity while maintaining social distancing guidelines
  • Social gatherings of up to 100 people are allowed, as long as they are following social distancing guidelines
  • Hoosiers age 65 and older or those with known high-risk medical conditions should continue to limit exposure at work and in their communities
  • Face coverings are still recommended for any public interactions

With this timing and these guidelines in mind, Logansport Memorial Hospital continues to slowly re-open and restart some of our suspended services. Please see below for details on what changes to expect.

Entrances and access to LMH

On Monday, June 1, the Main Entrance to LMH will re-open. A limited number of staff will be in place to continue escorting patients and visitors to their appointments or procedures, if needed.

  • The Main Entrance will be open from 6 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday only.
  • The entrances at the ER and at Medical Office Building East (MOBE) are still available to use:
    • MOBE: 7:30 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday
    • ER: 7 am - 8 pm, Monday - Friday (for screening/visitation); 24/7 for all emergencies

For access to LMH after 5 pm through the week, as well as on weekends, patients and approved visitors are directed to continue using the ER Entrance.

All patients and approved visitors are still being screened at every entrance for any changes in their health condition. They are also still required to wear a mask during their time in the facility, and required to sanitize their hands as soon as they enter. Cloth or other homemade masks are still acceptable. If you arrive without a mask, we will provide one for you.

Visitor Restrictions - no changes to overall policy; small change in policy for surgery patients

At this time, there is still no change in our zero visitors policy. For children under the age of 18 and adult patients who require a support person because of a disability or issues with mobility, one healthy adult may be approved to accompany the patient.

  • For OB patients, the policy still allows only one healthy support person to be with mom and baby for their entire stay.
  • For surgery patients, the policy has been updated to allow one healthy support person to accompany the surgical patient inside the hospital. The approved visitor must stay in the patient's recovery room during the procedure and is not allowed to wander.

Suspended services that are fully re-opening

  • Physical and Occupational Therapy will be re-opened with extended hours:
    • 7:30 am - 6 pm, Monday - Thursday
    • 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, Fridays
  • Outpatient Speech Therapy will resume scheduling appointments and seeing patients
  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab, as well as Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Sleep studies are resuming
    • Talk with your primary care provider if you believe you may benefit from a sleep study.
  • Outpatient Lab in Medical Office Building East (MOBE) resuming normal hours:
    • 6 am - 12 noon, Monday - Friday

Express Medical Center resuming normal operations

Express Medical Center is back to providing walk-in immediate care for urgent care needs that require medical attention, but are not an emergency. The providers and staff at our Express Medical Center were repurposed to provide much of the care delivered at the walk-in respiratory clinic during our local COVID-19 surge. They are glad to be back to providing a full range of services for your urgent care needs.

Express Medical Center's normal hours of operation are:

  • 8:30 am - 7 pm, Monday - Friday
  • 10 am - 6 pm, Saturdays
  • 12 noon - 6 pm, Sundays

Testing for COVID-19

As the number of positive cases continue to decline, there is no longer a significant community need for LMH to operate a dedicated testing site. Testing for COVID-19 diagnosis and exposure is still available at the hospital in the following ways:

  • If you have an LMH primary care provider, and you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or believe you have been exposed, please call your provider's office and ask for COVID-19 testing.
  • If you do not have a primary care provider, please walk in to Express Medical Center during normal business hours and ask for COVID-19 testing.

COVID-19 testing is also available from the Indiana State Department of Health and at the Logansport Walmart. You do need to pre-register online before receiving a test at either of those locations:

  • ISDH (Farmer's Market Lot on 4th Street): ihi.care/covidtesting
  • Walmart (240 Mall Road, Logansport): doineedacovid19test.com

Status of other services

  • Valet services are still on-site but have not resumed with parking patient and/or visitor vehicles. The valets will be available to help assist patients into the hospital and direct them for where to park. 
  • Visitors are allowed to come in to pay bills and pick up prescriptions at Community Pharmacy. Bill-pay by phone or online, and home delivery or curbside pickup of prescriptions are still preferred and strongly encouraged at this time to help limit the number of people inside the facility.

Reminders to keep yourself safe

Logansport Memorial Hospital continues to keep precautions in place to protect you as much as possible when you come in to the hospital. For yourself and your family, please continue following the CDC's guidelines and Governor Holcomb's guidelines to stay safe and healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face -- specifically your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Practice physical distancing, maintaining at least 6 feet between yourself and others as much as possible in public areas. 
  • When possible, please wear a face mask as you are out in the public, per the Governor's recommendations in Stage 3 of his plan.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces around your home. This includes (but is not limited to): tables, counter tops, light switches, door knobs, and bathroom fixtures (including the toilet flush handle), TV remotes, and your cell phone.

Thank you for doing your part to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Logansport Memorial Hospital is proud to be the award-winning hospital serving the north central Indiana region for the healthcare needs of you and your family. 

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