UPDATE 3/23/2020 3:56 p.m.
To the community,
We are working diligently to ensure you receive the best care, whether for COVID-19 or other concerns, that you’ve come to expect from Southwest Healthcare Services and Southwest Medical Clinic.
We are still open and here for you and your families to help keep you healthy, safe and informed. Whether it is a cough, a sore back, or an allergy shot, we have providers available to help you feel better.
The ongoing safety of our patients, staff and communities will remain our primary focus. With that in mind, here’s some important information about receiving health care in the upcoming weeks:
If you are showing any sign of possible COVID-19 symptoms that include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, please call the clinic first and you will be directed to follow certain precautions.
If you have concerns about entering the facility, please let the receptionists know and we will try to accommodate your requests.
Thank you for your help with infection prevention.
UPDATE 3/20/2020 - 8:11 p.m.
Our top priority at Southwest Healthcare Services has been and always will be the safety and health of our patients, residents, and staff members.
We want to ensure the public that we are taking appropriate precautionary measures and following guidelines set by the North Dakota Department Health. We screen all employees for symptoms of COVID-19 every day. We also require our staff to self-quarantine for the recommended 14 days if they have traveled to an area deemed high risk by the Center for Disease Control.
These screening procedures apply to any and all staff members of Southwest Healthcare Services. Be it a provider, housekeeper, nurse, or administration, etc., there will be no exceptions.
We are diligently monitoring the situation and continually evaluate and adjust our procedures based to align with the governmental guidelines to ensure the well-being of the citizens of this community. Thank you for your help with infection prevention. If you have any questions please call 701-523-5555.
UPDATE 3/19/2020 - 5:56 p.m. MST
At Southwest Healthcare Services, our highest priority is to provide a healthy and safe environment for our patients, residents, and employees. As a result to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have implemented the following restrictions:
• Visitor access to the facility will be limited to the Clinic and Emergency Room entrances
• Visitors to the hospital will be screened for signs of respiratory illness including fever, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath
• Long-term Care visitors will be restricted to “end-of-life” visitation only and are still subject to screening for signs of respiratory illness
We are continuously monitoring the situation and will adjust the restrictions based on guidance from the Department of Health and other government agencies.
UPDATE 3/20/2020 - 5:55 p.m. MST
Expanded Visitor Restrictions
We want to continue to make a healthy and safe environment for our patients, residents, and employees. In an effort to uphold those standards we will be expanding our visitor restrictions to the hospital. The following restrictions will begin immediately:
- Visitors will be restricted to 2 visitors in the building per patient at any time
- All Visitors will be screened for signs of respiratory illness and will be asked about recent travel.
- Visitors under the age of 16 are not permitted
We are continuously monitoring the situation and will adjust the restrictions based on guidance from the Department of Health and other government agencies. Thank you for support in the effort towards preventing the spread of the coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses.
The North Dakota Department of Health has reported new cases of the Coronavirus.
Southwest Healthcare Services has again expanded their visitor restrictions due to influenza and potential future coronavirus. As of March 16, and until further notice, all long-term care visitors are restricted with the exception of certain compassionate care such as end-of-life situations. Southwest Healthcare Services will continue to monitor the situation and adjust accordingly. If you have flu-like symptoms and wish to be seen in the clinic or ER please phone ahead 701-523-5555 and they would be happy to take care of you and your family’s healthcare needs. Southwest Healthcare Services would like to thank the community for their help with infection prevention.