At St. Luke’s Wood River, every decision we make is with the health and wellness of our patients, caregivers and communities at the center. As was shared yesterday, Blaine County has experienced significant community spread of COVID-19. Many are now required to self-quarantine due to contact with those who have tested positive. Considering the small size and unique population of our community, this spread has disproportionately impacted our caregivers in Wood River.
In support of a safe environment for our patients and caregivers, effective immediately we will be temporarily suspending normal operations at St. Luke’s Wood River.
We are working with our patients and their families to transfer or discharge currently admitted patients as medically appropriate. Additionally, we are working with local first responders and other healthcare providers in the area to divert new inpatient admissions.
Carmen Jacobsen, Chief Operating Officer/CNO for St. Luke’s Wood River conveyed, “Our number one priority is, and will always be, the health and safety of our communities – patients and caregivers. The challenges we are experiencing in Wood River are perhaps unique, but what is also unique is our resiliency.
The decision we have made regarding operations at Wood River we feel is an appropriate one to ensure the safety of our patients, providers and staff and will help us focus our resources where they are most needed – the emergency department, screening tent and walk-in clinic. We will continue to work with patients, their families and our teams at other locations to ensure they receive the care needed. We will continually work to keep our community informed. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.”
We will continue to monitor the health situation in Blaine County and will keep our community members up-to-date on resuming normal operations as more information is available.
During this time, we are partnering with St. Luke’s Health System, South Central Public Health Department and our community partners. In addition to abiding by the Blaine County shelter-in-place order from Governor Brad Little, we encourage everyone to:
Media contact: Joy Prudek, Public Relations Manager, St. Luke’s Wood River, firstname.lastname@example.org, 208-727-8435
Joy Prudek is the manager of public relations for St. Luke's Wood River.