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WMC begins “thoughtful, deliberate process” to re-open elective procedures and surgeries

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As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community and state, Wyoming Medical Center has begun a thoughtful, deliberate process to re-open 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.

In April, we were the only hospital in Wyoming to receive an ‘A’ on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. Only one-third of hospitals in the country achieve Leapfrog’s highest level. We are proud of this achievement which is a testament to the caliber of care we provide.  

The health and safety of caregivers and patients are our top priority, and we are taking extra precautions to keep you and your family safe:

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  • Our Respiratory Symptom Screening Clinic and TeleMed hotline will continue to screen, evaluate and test possible COVID-19 cases in our community, protecting our Emergency Room, walk-in clinics and physician offices from local transmission.
  • All patients, visitors and clinical staff are screened for respiratory symptoms before entering our hospital or clinics. These symptoms include fever, cough, breathing difficulties and others. People are also screened for possible COVID-19 exposures
  • We have heightened infection prevention policies such as removing high-touch items like magazines and increased cleaning of public spaces.
  • All patients, visitors and employees wear face masks inside our facilities.
  • We have limited visitors to our facilities, allowing only one visitor per patient per day. Exceptions are made for pediatric patients or terminally ill patients. No visitors are allowed for patients on isolation precautions.
  • For those having surgery or a procedure, you are welcome to bring one support person with you for your treatment.
  • We have a separate waiting area for patients reporting to the hospital with respiratory symptoms.

Please, do not delay medically necessary surgeries, procedures and tests out of fear of contracting the coronavirus. Doing so can allow your condition to worsen and will likely have negative long-term consequences for your health. Rest assured, we are doing all we can to create a COVID-safe environment. 

We remain vigilant in our infection control protocols, sanitation, visitor restrictions, screening and other precautions. We have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and will continuously monitor our supply. Please continue to follow current CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, wearing face masks in public and washing your hands frequently.

Financial options 

We understand that many people may be struggling right now, and your financial situation may have changed in the last few months. We are now extending payment plans up to 36 months, depending on the balance owed.

We also offer a number of flexible payment options. Financial counselors are available to assist you with your questions or concerns from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 307-577-2421.

Schedule your surgery or procedure

If you had a surgery, test or procedure on our schedule that was delayed or canceled because of COVID-19, please talk to your physician about rescheduling by calling their office directly.

Wyoming Medical Center is open, safe and here to help. Thank for trusting us with your care.

For more information please visit wyomingmedicalcenter.org or follow us on Facebook.

(Courtesy of the Wyoming Medical Center)

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • 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.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.