WMC coronavirus updates
By Kristy Bleizeffer Jan 8, 2021
Wyoming Medical Center updates for local COVID-19 response will be posted here.
Respiratory clinic moves to Sage Primary Care
Attention: Due to the low number of new COVID cases in our community and to better use staff resources, the Respiratory Symptom Screening Clinic (RSSC) will move to Sage Primary Care on Monday, April 12. The Sage Walk-in Clinic will also re-open on Monday.
Hours for the walk-in clinic will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MONDAYS through FRIDAYS. If you have respiratory symptoms – cough, sore throat, fever and others – or require a COVID test, please call (307) 233-0291 upon arrival and you will be evaluated in your car.
Sage Primary Care is located at 1020 S. Conwell St. in central Casper.
Immediate Care in west Casper is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, and it also offers COVID tests and respiratory screening. X-ray and splinting services are offered at this location only.
We are grateful for the care and support everyone has shown over the last year. We remain vigilant in our infection control protocols, sanitation, visitor restrictions, screening and other precautions to protect you and your loved ones as we move forward. Our Emergency Room and network of clinics are open, safe and ready to help. Thank you for trusting us with your care.
Visiting hours and restrictions
Effective Tuesday, Feb. 9: As COVID-19 case rates continue to decline in Wyoming and in our hospital, Banner Health will again allow limited numbers of visitors (12 years of age or older) in its facilities. Most patients will be permitted to have two visitors per day an unlimited amount of time. Visiting hours will remain from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Exceptions to the visitor restrictions:
Pediatric patients: Pediatric patients (under the age of 18) may have one guardian or support individual with them in addition to two visitors per day.
Persons with disabilities: Patients with disabilities who, due to the specifics of the disability, require assistance from someone in order to effectively participate in the healthcare process will be allowed to designate a support person to accompany them while in Wyoming Medical Center or our clinics. These patients may have two visitors per day in addition to their support person.
Moms in Labor & Delivery: Moms in labor and delivery may have a support person and two visitors per day. Doulas are also permitted for laboring mothers in addition to their support person and visitors. Doulas must leave immediately following the birth.
Emergency Department & Outpatient Procedure Areas: One companion is allowed per day.
Visits must take place in the patients’ rooms. Visitors are not permitted to enter and leave the hospital multiple times throughout the same 24-hour period. This visitation policy is in effect for all Banner facilities in Colorado and Wyoming, including outpatient and ambulatory locations, such as: clinics, urgent cares, imaging centers, surgery centers and occupational health services locations.
Some restrictions remain in place to create a safe and secure environment for our patients and our healthcare workers. We understand this will be challenging, but we’re committed to take the necessary steps to protect you, our patients, and the community. We will continue to monitor the spread of coronavirus, and make adjustments as needed.
VISITOR CHECK-IN REQUIRED
All authorized visitors are required to register and go through the check-in process to gain access to our facility. A photo ID is required each time visitors check in at the following entry locations:
- Main Entrance
- West Entrance near Sky Lobby
Visitors will be issued a day-pass visitor badge that must be worn at all times while onsite. . In addition, they must have their own mask which should be worn at all times while inside the hospital or one of its clinics. We appreciate your cooperation.
Mayo Clinic COVID-19 registry
Wyoming Medical Center is proud to participate in the first COVID-19 registry to track ICU and hospital care patterns across the globe. WMC is Wyoming's only hospital to participate in the registry, a partnership between The Society of Critical Care Medicine and Mayo Clinic.
The registry tracks data on COVID treatment trends such as mechanical ventilation, ICU length of stay, medical support received, patient demographics and more. The goal is to provide an open-access, observational study to help caregivers better treat COVID patients as we learn more about the disease.
"It was agonizing to lose my patients to COVID-19 virus, especially those with diabetes who were indiscriminately affected. We have witnessed the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented toll it has taken on the world" said Vishwanath Pattan, M.D., an endocrinologist at Wyoming Endocrine and Diabetes clinic in Casper. Dr. Pattan is leading registry reporting efforts for Wyoming Medical Center.
"As this virus evolves, we have just begun to know about the virus and adverse health effects. It is therefore vital for all the health centers to unite and learn from each other's experience through sharing of data and analyzing results and outcomes based on practice patterns. The knowledge from the COVID-19 database will form the basis for new guidelines for the future to ensure better patient outcomes."
Please mask up
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends people wear face coverings whenever they are in public or with people not from their households. But there is still confusion about who those face coverings are meant to protect.
“It’s not as much about protecting yourself as it is about protecting someone’s kid who has asthma, or who has cancer or who is at higher risk of a serious COVID infection,” said Andy Dunn, MD, Wyoming Medical Center Chief of Staff and Chief of Primary Care.
“Face coverings can help protect you from respiratory droplets expelled by people around you to a limited degree, but the goal is really to limit the droplets you expel to the people around you.”
In this interview, Dr. Dunn explains the mechanics of coronavirus spread and why wearing a face covering is a civic responsibility.
Our commitment to patients
As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community and state, Wyoming Medical Center has a thoughtful, deliberate process to schedule elective procedures and surgeries. Our commitment, as always, is to the safety of our visitors, patients and staff. We are taking every precaution necessary to ensure safe, high-quality care. Please read about our commitment to patients, families and caregivers here.
Pregnancy and COVID-19
Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are asking any woman 20 weeks or further in her pregnancy who is coming to the hospital for treatment of any kind to call ahead. This will allow us to do a phone screening for risk factors and helps to ensure your safety as well as the safety of other patients. Call (307) 577-2163.
Valet is closed until further notice. The valet staff is on site helping to direct traffic.