Prisma Health will transition its Prisma Health North Greenville Hospital into a dedicated facility for potential or confirmed COVID-19 patients, the health system announced Tuesday, March 17. In a release, Prisma Health said they were doing so to help them deal with the increasing number of suspected cases of COVID-19.
Other Prisma Health hospitals in the Upstate and in the Midlands will continue to care for COVID-19 patients. North Greenville Hospital will provide Prisma Health with additional capacity if the need arises.
“We hope it’s not needed, but we want it to be available if we see that it’s necessary,” said Wendell James III, the chief clinical officer for Prisma Health-Upstate. “We already had extensive disaster preparedness plans in place, and we have continued to aggressively strengthen them since January when the outbreak first began globally.”
Prisma Health said that patients in North Greenville Hospital’s long-term acute care area had started being moved to Prisma Health Baptist Easley Hospital Sunday afternoon. Patients in North Greenville Hospital’s ICU moved to similar intensive care units at other Upstate Prisma Health locations.
Teams at North Greenville Hospital are making the long-term acute care area into several negative-pressure units, which will essentially make each unit its own isolation area to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Potential COVID-19 patients will be housed away from the rest of the hospital and with a separate entrance.
“We want our communities to know that we’re ready – and prepared to meet the need,” said James.
Prisma Health Virtual Visits are free for anyone seeking care for potential COVID-19. A new on-demand video option is available in addition to the existing online visit option. To access the free virtual visits, use the promo code COVID19 at PrismaHealth.org/VirtualVisit.
Find out more about COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s website.