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MVH Updates Visitation to the Hospital and Suspends Saturday Walk-In Mammograms

The health and safety of the patients, visitors and staff is the number one priority of Monongahela Valley Hospital. MVH understands how important the support of loved ones and friends is during a hospital stay. At this time, COVID-19 requires MVH to temporarily adjust its patient visitation policy.

Effective immediately, the following guidelines will be in place until further notice:

  • Visiting hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • One visitor at a time will be allowed in the hospital.
  • Visitors must be 18+years old.
  • No visitors in Emergency Department treatment area.
  • All non-employees entering the hospital will be screened according to CDC guidelines.
  • All visitors are asked to sanitize their hands upon arrival to the unit.
  • Once you have concluded your visit, we will ask that you exit as soon as possible.
  • Any visitor who shows signs of illness will be asked to kindly leave for the safety of others.
  • Large groups will be discouraged to minimize congregating in common areas like lounges, waiting rooms, etc.

While these temporary measures are in place, MVH encourages continued interaction with loved ones through digital means, such as, Skype, FaceTime, Messenger and other means of communication.

Until further notice, HealthPlex Imaging is temporarily suspending mammograms on Saturdays. Walk-in mammograms will still be accommodated at HealthPlex Imaging on weekdays and Tuesday evenings. Walk-in mammograms are also offered at Monongahela Valley Hospital on weekdays.

The visitation policy may be adjusted in response to rapidly changing conditions in the region. MVH will continue to work to protect the population in the face of the global pandemic and apologize for the challenges these protections may create.

Heritage Valley Opens Coronavirus COVID-19
Testing Site in Moon Township

Moon Township, PA (March 25, 2020) – To expand its reach and further serve the community during this coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Heritage Valley Health System is opening a COVID-19 drive through test collection site at the Heritage Valley Moon Township Medical Neighborhood, 935 Thorn Run Road, Moon Township.

Beginning Tuesday, March 31 the Moon Township testing location will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on an ongoing basis. This is Heritage Valley’s second community COVID-19 testing location. Testing currently occurs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Heritage Valley Center Township Medical Neighborhood.  Testing is available for patients older than 12 years old.

Testing will only be available for patients who have an authorized order from their Heritage Valley provider in advance of arriving at the testing site

An appointment must by scheduled through Heritage Valley Scheduling at 1-800-721-6237. 

Appointments will be scheduled every 10 minutes.

Testing will occur at the Lower Level of the Moon Township location. Patients will be able to drive up to the testing site and remain in their car while clinical staff collect the nasal test sample. A photo ID is required. Results to the test will be available 1-4 days after collection.

After having samples taken, individuals are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine at home until the test results are received. They will be contacted by their Primary Care Physician with results.

Regular lab and diagnostic services at Heritage Valley Moon Township are temporarily closed beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. Individuals requiring routine lab or diagnostic imaging services are encouraged to visit Heritage Valley Edgeworth, 100 Hazel Lane in Sewickley, or Heritage Valley Robinson Township, 2201 Park Manor Drive in Robinson Township.

Heritage Valley Offers Scheduled
Coronavirus COVID-19 Testing in Center Township

Moon Township, PA (March 21, 2020) – To better serve the community during this coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Heritage Valley Health System opened its first COVID-19 drive through test collection site at the Heritage Valley Center Township Medical Neighborhood, 79 Wagner Road, Monaca, PA, behind the Beaver Valley Mall.

The testing location will continue to operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on an ongoing basis. 

Testing will only be available for patients who have an authorized order from their Heritage Valley provider in advance of arriving at the testing site.  An appointment must by scheduled through Heritage Valley Scheduling at 1-800-721-6237. 

Appointments will be scheduled every 10 minutes.

Testing will occur at the Lower Level of the Center Township location. Patients will be able to drive up to the testing site and remain in their car while clinical staff collect the nasal test sample. A photo ID is required. Results to the test will be available 4 to 6 days after collection.

After having samples taken, individuals are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine at home until the test results are received. They will be contacted by their Primary Care Physician with results.

St. Clair is committed to the health and well-being of our staff members, patients and visitors.
COVID-19 and what we know about the virus is evolving. Our clinical teams are well-prepared to care for patients who may have been exposed to the virus. St. Clair is working with public health officials nationally and throughout the region to monitor the situation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.

Elective Surgery Update
As part of our response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, St. Clair Hospital is aggressively taking actions to prevent community spread of the virus, as well as to be ready if substantial numbers of patients require hospitalization.

Under the direction of chief medical officer, John T. Sullivan, MD, St. Clair’s medical staff leadership has decided to postpone elective surgeries to free up resources that may be necessary to treat patients infected with COVID-19.  This postponement is effective immediately, and will continue indefinitely until the spread of COVID-19 in the region is contained.

If you have an elective surgery or procedure scheduled in the coming weeks, you will be contacted to reschedule. If you believe your surgery or procedure meets this definition, but you have not been contacted to date, please call your physician for clarification.
Thank you for your understanding.  Rescheduling will enable us to redeploy our staff, equipment and supplies to address the current public health concern.  The health and safety of our community remains our No. 1 priority.

Heritage Valley Updates Visitation Procedures for Patient, Community Safety

Moon Township, PA (March 18, 2020) – Heritage Valley Health System is taking additional precautions to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) among patients and the community by instituting additional visitation procedures and restrictions at its three hospitals – Heritage Valley Beaver, Heritage Valley Sewickley and Heritage Valley Kennedy. Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, new procedures include directing all visitors to one entrance at each facility, scanning visitors for COVID-19 risk factors upon entry, and further limiting visiting hours.
Heritage Valley Hospitals are directing all visitors to the main entrances at each facility. Identified entrances for the public are:

  • Heritage Valley Beaver – Entrance A, Main Lobby
  • Heritage Valley Kennedy – Main Lobby Entrance
  • Heritage Valley Sewickley – Main Lobby Entrance on Broad Street (no admittance at Fitch Circle, off of Blackburn Road)

Upon entry to the hospital, visitors will be scanned for COVID-19 risk factors and be asked about any possible exposure to COVID-19 as well as travel history. Additionally, visitors will have their temperature taken at the entrance. Individuals can be refused entrance if determined a potential risk to the spread of COVID-19. 
In addition, new visiting hours will go into effect on Friday, March 20, 2020.

  • Visiting Hours are limited to Noon to 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • ICU - visitation has been eliminated, and only allowed in special circumstances arranged by clinical staff.
  • Maternity/Obstetrics – visitation of one family member at a time

As is the current practice, only one immediate family member is permitted in the hospital room at a time. Other visitors must remain in the lobby or waiting room. Visitors can exchange places in the waiting room or lobby areas, not patient rooms. No children under age 18 will be permitted.

Heritage Valley Health System is undertaking these measures to keep patients, staff and the community safe as we continue to manage the current COVID-19 outbreak.

South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) Modifies Services
During COVID-19 Outbreak
Essential Programs and Services Will Continue

Amid growing concerns about COVID-19, the health and safety of our community and staff remains SHIM's highest priority.  We will continue to serve our neighbors and protect the most vulnerable among us.  We realize that there are people who will be struggling for food, personal care items and other vital services. Therefore, essential programs such as our three food pantries and utility and financial assistance will continue in a modified capacity. SHIM Center will be closed to the public until further notice and the SHIM Family Center will be closed until April 14.

For detailed information about our modified programs, please visit the website: www.shimcares.org/covid-19-resources.

SHIM's staff will be working remotely and answering calls and emails in a timely manner. If you have any questions, please call our main office at 412-854-9120 and select the extension for the appropriate staff person.

Anyone in need of immediate assistance can contact United Way’s PA 2-1-1 Southwest by dialing 2-1-1, texting your zip code to 898-211, or visiting PA211sw.org.

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