April 1, 2020 - Message from Randy Hemann, MD, Chief Medical Office
Olmsted Medical Center is constantly monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic situation, and as always, we are placing high priority on the safety of our patients, employees, and community.
We continue to evaluate the capacity of our facilities, employees, and supplies while we work with Olmsted County Public Health Services, Mayo Clinic, and other community partners in assessing and responding to the community transmission of COVID-19 in our area.
OMC staff are committed to ensuring the safest environment possible for patients and staff. A large team is working within OMC and the community to ensure resources are available for our patients, for OMC’s response to COVID-19, and for the community’s COVID-19 efforts.
At this time, Olmsted Medical Center will continue to reschedule or defer elective surgeries and procedures for at least eight weeks, if the delay will not adversely impact a patient’s medical condition. Clinical staff evaluate every case already scheduled and contact patients to confirm or reschedule any surgeries or procedures. Urgent and emergency surgeries and procedures will continue. During this time, you may be redirected from the service location you usually receive your care to another service location, as we work to distance well patients from potentially sick patients. We are reviewing upcoming appointments, and patients may be offered a telephone visit or an online video visit through OMC MyChart. If you don’t have an OMC MyChart, visit our website for instructions on how to sign up.
To protect our patients and our staff, OMC is limiting the visitors to all our healthcare facilities. Please refer to these visitor guidelines for more information.
We continue to ask patients and their families to protect their health and the health of those they care about. The CDC has information about how to protect yourself, how to plan and prepare, and what to do if you become ill. Follow this link to access statewide recommendations from Governor Walz.
The OMC team is working to ensure that patients get the care they need, when they need it. Due to the number of calls, patients may experience longer than usual wait times. Thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty. We ask our patients to refer to the COVID-19 information on our website for updates as they become available. We ask you for your help too: wash your hands often, don’t touch your face, clean your environment, and practice safe physical distancing of at least six feet.