June 24, 2020
Due to an increase in the number of cases we are seeing in the State of Texas, Palo Pinto County, and our surrounding areas, we will be reimplementing a visitor restriction policy. All non-COVID 19 patients will be allowed only 1 visitor during their hospital stay. Any patient who is being treated or ruled out for COVID 19 will NOT be allowed visitors. Exceptions will be made in OB and for pediatric patients to allow for both parents and for end of life situations. Visiting hours will remain from 8 am to 7 pm. For your safety and the safety of our patients and staff, all visitors will continue to be screened and will be required to wear a mask while in the hospital or at the patient’s bedside.
COVID 19 is still a real threat, and the best way to prevent getting ill is to avoid being exposed to this virus. We encourage everyone to practice social distancing and wear a mask while in any public areas. Remember to wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
We ask for your patience and cooperation as we continue to provide a safe environment for our patients and staff.
June 15, 2020
With coronavirus cases are on the rise in Texas, we would like to remind everyone to wash your hands often, avoid close contact with others, cover coughs and sneezes, and to clean and disinfect frequently touched services daily. Below is more information from the CDC on ways to protect yourself.
How to Protect Yourself & Others
Know how it spreads
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Wash your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
- Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home.
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
- Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- If you are around others and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants external icon will work.
Monitor Your Health
- Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
- Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
- Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
For more information please visit https://www.cdc.gov
June 1, 2020
Palo Pinto General Hospital is excited to announce that we are starting to reopen some of our service locations.
The Santo and Gordon clinics are reopening the week June 1, 2020 with the following hours:
Palo Pinto Rural Health Clinic – Gordon
Monday – Thursday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Family Health Clinic of Santo
Tuesday – Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
The Bridge to Health Mobile Clinic will remain the COVID testing site until further notice. Colleen Hendrix will be seeing her routine patients and Urgent Care patients at the Urgent Care Center.
Only one visitor per patient will be allowed in the clinics. We will continue to screen all patients and visitors and ask that they wear masks at all times.
The PPGH rehabilitation/wellness staff has missed our fitness members the past couple of months. If you have missed working out or have friends that are looking for a new place to exercise we have some good news! Our fitness center will reopen Monday, June 1, 2020, with limited hours.
PPGH Fitness Center
Monday – Friday
6 am to 8 am : open to gym members
8 am to 5 pm : Rehabilitation Patients (by appointment only)
5pm to 7 pm : open to gym members
9 am to noon : open to gym members
Please enter at the south entrance (PT lobby) to be screened and sign-in.
We can’t wait to see our patients and fitness members again!
For the convenience and safety of our patients, we are now offering virtual visits at the Community Care Center and Heart Center. Virtual visits give our patients the quality of an in-office visit without having to come into the office. Contact the Community Care Center at 940-328-6521 or the Heart Center at 940-328-6547 to ask about scheduling a virtual visit.
You now also have the option to request and receive copies of your medical records online. The online option provides faster turnaround time for your request as it eliminates the delays caused by traditional mail.
To request your medical records online, you must have the following:
• A smartphone with a camera and texting capability to submit the picture of a government-issued ID and a picture of yourself.
• Legal guardians or healthcare proxies will need to upload a PDF or TIF copy of court-appointed guardianship papers, power of attorney, or other appropriate legal documents that can establish proof of guardianship.
April 23, 2020
Starting tomorrow, Friday, April 24, Palo Pinto General Hospital will resume medically necessary surgeries. We remain committed to preventing the community spread of COVID-19, providing the utmost quality care to our patients, and ensuring the hospital is a safe place.
For the safety of our patients and staff members, all patients will be screened for COVID symptoms and exposure pre-operatively and on the day of surgery. At this time, no visitors will be allowed in the building. Patients will be dropped off by a support person at the ER entrance. A staff member will call the support person after surgery with an update and when the patient is ready to be picked up.
Thank you for your corporation and understanding.
April 6, 2020
Palo Pinto General Hospital is doing everything in our power to keep our staff, patients, and community safe during the growing COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to update you on some of the safety measures we have implanted at the hospital:
- All employees and visitors are required to wear a mask while in the building.
- We limited the number of employees in the building.
- We have also changed our visiting policy, currently no visitors are permitted at the hospital.
- The only exceptions to this will be for parents of minors, extenuating circumstances, and one significant other on the maternity unit.
We support Gov. Abbott executive order requiring all Texans to stay home unless they are participating in an essential service or activity. We stay at work for you; please stay at home for us.
Please continue to follow the CDC recommendations to keep yourself and loved ones safe during this time. Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds, stay at least 6 feet away from others, cover your coughs and sneeze, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, and most importantly, stay home.
We will continue to work with State, County, and City officials and do our best to keep our community safe. We appreciate your continued patience and support as we all work through this together.
Palo Pinto General Hospital
March 24, 2020
Temporary Patient Visitation Restrictions
Dear Patient Family and Friends,
We regret to inform you that effective March 25th visitation will be limited to one essential care giver or family member per hospital visit. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and disaster proclamation Texas hospitals must be vigilant in protecting the public, our patients, and our staff.
- Visiting hours are restricted to 7am – 7pm unless you are the essential care giver or significant other.
- All visitors will continue to be screened.
- Patients who are in isolation due to COVID-19 will not be allowed visitors in an effort to protect the public and conserved resources of personal protective equipment for our front-line staff members.
We appreciate your patience as we continue our efforts to reduce the spread of this virus.
March 16, 2020
COVID Update From County Officials Palo Pinto County, TX:
Palo Pinto County and City Officials held a conference call to discuss the state of the COVID-19 outbreak and to make sure all entities are working towards the same goal – to reduce the spread of the virus. Dr. Ed Evans, Judge Shane Long, City Manager Randy Criswell, Palo Pinto General Hospital, Emergency Management, first responders (Police, Sheriff, Fire, EMT), Palo Pinto County School Superintendents, and other City & County Officials were on the call.
“We would like to reassure our community that we are doing everything within our power to face this challenge head-on. We are working together to help fight this outbreak and need all of our citizens to do the same. We will be having daily briefings to stay informed and continue the excellent teamwork” said PPGH Chief Executive Officer Ross Korkmas.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, local officials would like to remind you to:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you’re sick. Call your doctor if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then immediately wash your hands.
- If you are sick, you should wear a facemask when you are around other people.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
- Avoid large events and mass gatherings of more than 50 people.
For more information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit www.cdc.gov