23 Mar Don’t Worry, Stay Healthy at OMC
Olympic Medical Center is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment so you can seek care when you need it.
Has the coronavirus pandemic created worry about visiting your doctor or coming to the hospital for treatment? If your answer is yes, you’re not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control, 4 in 10 U.S. adults reported avoiding medical care because of concerns related to COVID-19. But even during the pandemic, you should seek care if you need to see a doctor or experience an emergency.
At Olympic Medical Center, we want you to make your health a priority by visiting a healthcare provider when you need it. OMC has created a safe, healthy environment in our hospital and clinics so you can safely seek the care you need when you need it.
What We’re Doing at OMC to Keep You Safe
We want all patients who come into an OMC facility to feel safe and cared for from the moment they arrive. Here’s what we’re doing at OMC to keep you safe while you take care of your healthcare needs.
At OMC, patients and visitors are screened for respiratory symptoms before meeting with a provider, and additional screenings for fever are conducted at our hospital entrances and at the Olympic Medical Cancer Center. Patients with any respiratory symptoms or are positive for COVID are immediately roomed or placed in a waiting area separate from non-respiratory patients.
Visitors are not allowed if they have symptoms of COVID-19 infection. Additionally, COVID-19 patients are not allowed visitors unless the attending provider or nursing leadership have approved it due to special circumstances, such as minors or pregnant patients (in which case visitors must follow infection prevention measures).
For the safety of our community, all staff, providers, patients and visitors are required to wear a mask when visiting an OMC facility. There are a few exceptions for patients, which you can learn more about here.
Patients and visitors are strongly encouraged to bring their own face masks (excluding bandanas, gaitors and vented masks, which don’t qualify), but masks will be provided if there is a need.
When it comes to visitors, OMC is taking extra steps to protect our patients, staff and visitors by restricting visitor and public access to our facilities until COVID-19 is no longer a threat in our community.
Our visitation policies reflect the current risk level and are labeled as either High, Moderate, Low, or Very Low. These precautions will continue and be adjusted based on our community’s infection rate, which is reported by Clallam County Health & Human Services. You can find OMC’s most up-to-date visitation policy by visiting our Visitor Guidelines page.
Sanitizing and Seating
OMC has installed hand sanitizer units at every facility entrance, and we ask everyone to sanitize their hands before entering. Additionally, we’ve created waiting room areas with properly-spaced seating so waiting patients can keep a safe distance from one another.
When appropriate, virtual visits are one way you can continue to receive the same great care and attention from Olympic Medical Physicians, all from the comfort of your home.
On the day of your appointment, clinic staff will call you to ask routine questions normally reviewed during an in-person visit. Following this phone call, clinic staff will notify the provider that you are joining the virtual visit. You can request a virtual visit by contacting your provider at (360) 565-0999.
Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing
Patients needing a pre-procedural COVID-19 test or who do not have symptoms but have had a known COVID-19 exposure can be tested at our drive-thru testing site. This limits additional exposures and is a quick, convenient way to get tested.
Seasons Café and the hospital gift shop are historically two favorite meeting places for visitors, staff and the general public. While we look forward to the day when we can welcome visitors back to communal spaces in the hospital, Seasons Café and the gift shop are closed until further notice.
OMC requires employees to stay home when they are sick and to fill out a staff illness reporting form. Ill employees then work with our Employee Health staff to determine when it is safe to return to work.
Don’t Delay Care
Emergencies and health needs don’t stop, and here at OMC, neither do we. Don’t delay your medical appointments or neglect your health. As you’ve read above, we have precautions in place to keep you healthy and safe while you seek care in our hospital and clinics.
Please seek care when you need it. We’re ready, safe and open for you.