BLACKFOOT, ID – May 1, 2020 – In response to recent news coverage about 16 Idaho nursing homes that have been hit by COVID-19, Bingham Healthcare would like to reassure the public that Bingham Memorial’s Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (SNRC) in Blackfoot has not had any COVID-19 cases to-date.
“We deeply empathize with those nursing home facilities throughout the state that are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak,” says Carolyn L. Hansen, FNP-C, chief nursing officer at Bingham Healthcare. “For anyone concerned, please know that Bingham Memorial’s Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is not among the nursing homes dealing with an outbreak.”
Since the end of February 2020, Bingham has been working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to closely monitor COVID-19 and to ensure they are complying with their up-to-date guidelines.
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“Because the residents in the SNRC are highly vulnerable to all viral illnesses, we’ve always been committed to protecting them in every way that we can,” says Hansen. “We’re also extremely grateful for how quickly our administrative team and staff responded in implementing the guidelines and restrictions given from public health experts.”
Again, Bingham Memorial’s Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has not had any patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. Current restrictions and protocols in place include replacing all in person visits with video calls, screening personnel and others approved to enter the facility, and enforcing secure patient entry points. While some nursing home facilities in the state have stopped taking new patients, Bingham Memorial’s Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation is still admitting new patients who require rehab or long-term care.
“At Bingham, we’re here to provide medical care to those in need,” says Hansen. “That’s why we’re here. We regularly practice how to deal with an outbreak or an emergent situation, so we are always prepared. We have strict procedures in place to protect new patient admissions, as well as current patients, and are taking every extra precaution possible to ensure everyone’s safety.”
About Carolyn L. Hansen, FNP-C, Chief Nursing Officer
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About Bingham Memorial’s Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Bingham Memorial’s Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (SNRC) offers long-term residential care and also provides comprehensive rehabilitation services for patients who no longer require acute care in the hospital, but who need additional short-term care before being fully discharged. Working in concert with Bingham’s dedicated medical and rehabilitation teams, a recovery plan is tailored to meet the needs of each individual patient and to achieve optimal outcomes. In addition, they provide safe, fun, and mentally stimulating social activities and exercises in a comfortable, homelike setting.
Some of the specialized services at SNRC include a 24-hour licensed nursing staff, diabetes & dietary education, in-house pharmacy, laboratory services, massage therapy services, mental health services, on-site wound care specialist, personalized care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, transportation to doctor appointments, and recreational therapy all in a friendly, family, and home-like environment.
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About Bingham Healthcare
Bingham Healthcare is an efficient and progressive healthcare system, comprised of medical clinics, surgical facilities, hospitals, and the region’s largest physician group. For more information on any of the providers mentioned in this press release, click here or call (208) 529-2828.
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