Western Kentucky/southern Illinois hospitals: Collaboration is key to address COVID-19

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“We are all in this together” has never been truer than it is right now in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

In the western Kentucky/southern Illinois region, this means a shared feeling of sacrifice, resilience and endurance. For the region’s major health care providers, it also means commitment to serving the community and advancing the care of all patients.

Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital, Baptist Health Paducah, Jackson Purchase Medical Center, Murray-Calloway County Hospital, Marshall County Hospital, Trigg County Hospital, Caldwell Medical Center, Livingston County Hospital, Crittenden Community Hospital, and Massac Memorial Hospital are pledging partnership during this difficult time to serve the region as communities navigate the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19.

The hospitals have been working together over the past weeks to share information and predictive analytics models, allowing them to align treatment efforts, expected surge volumes, resource needs, and plans to address the curve when it reaches its apex.

The hospitals are also partnering with local and state health and emergency management departments to speak with one voice and to work as a unified team to face this threat. Strength is in the shared mission to protect lives, care for the stricken, and work together to face this virus head on using best resources.

Health care teams and administrations are working together. They are supporting one another to protect patients. They will remain steadfast in that commitment for the weeks to come until this COVID-19 threat has eased for everyone.

However, health care officials said they cannot do this alone. They need your help. This is not a threat that can be solely tackled within the four walls of a hospital. They ask the following:

• True social distancing. Stay home. Keep your contacts to only immediate family members within your household.

• Wash your hands. Often.

• Follow directions from emergency managers and elected officials.

• If you must go out, only do so for medical care, to buy provisions for a week or more at a time, or for essential work duties. And wear a face mask.

By following these guidelines, communities have the ability to make a tremendous impact on the progression of the disease. They can flatten the curve. Actions in the coming days will be critical in efforts to return to friends and family.

The hospital systems remain devoted to their communities.