January 22,2021: Jefferson Regional has been notified by the Arkansas Department of Health that a shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be arriving next week. As soon as the vaccine arrives we will begin making appointments for those on our waiting list who are 70 and older and/or employees of the educational system. Please be patient with us as we work to accommodate everyone who has signed up!
To protect our patients from COVID-19 we continue to examine and adjust our visitor policy as necessary. Always check our website before a visit for the latest information.
Effective July 16, the following visitor policy will be in effect.
We will adjust our visitor policy as conditions and recommendations continue to evolve. As always your understanding and patience is appreciated.
We appreciate your patience as we adjust to the “new normal.” Effective Tuesday, May 26th, Jefferson Regional’s visitation policy is as follows:
Following the direction of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Jefferson Regional will resume outpatient surgical procedures at the main hospital on Monday, April 27.
Jefferson Regional will continue following the COVID-19 safety precautions implemented at the beginning of the pandemic, including the limitation on visitors. One person will be allowed to accompany each patient undergoing an outpatient procedure, but will be required to remain in the outpatient surgery waiting area or in the front lobby. If the patient should be admitted to the hospital, no guests will be allowed in the patient’s room. The only other visitors allowed in the hospital are one person for each labor and delivery patient, and one person for each end-of-life patient.
Also on April 27, Jefferson Regional clinics will begin allowing one guest with each patient.
The safety of our patients, staff and the community always comes first. As social distancing restrictions begin to ease statewide, Jefferson Regional will continue to monitor the situation and make changes when appropriate.
Jefferson Regional continues to be closed to all visitors (with the same exceptions listed below) but the hospital is open and ready to serve your needs. Our emergency department (ED) is open but if you suspect you have COVID-19 please call the resource number before coming to the ED. That number is 870-541-4911.
For the safety of our patients and the community, there will be no visitors allowed at Jefferson Regional except for:
We continue to update our visitor policy as we receive recommendations from the CDC and as we evaluate our local situation. Below is our current policy. Thank you for helping us keep our patients safe.
We continue to update our visitor policy as we receive recommendations from the CDC and as we evaluate our local situation. Below is our current policy.
Jefferson Regional allows a patient:
A visitor must:
Thank you. We appreciate your cooperation. These precautions and restrictions are in place to keep our patients, visitors, employees, physicians and facilities safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.
While we continue to work around the clock to address the changing concerns surrounding COVID-19, Governor Asa Hutchinson praised our response at a recent press conference.
In reference to Jefferson Regional he said, “They have been extraordinary partners in this, under very difficult circumstances and it really illustrates how our healthcare workers are impacted. I believe it was one patient that was there but we’ve had six healthcare workers that are now positive. They are on the front line and it also emphasizes that we need to be concerned about a shortage of healthcare workers. I appreciate them, they are doing an extraordinary job.”
Let our healthcare workers know how much you appreciate their work. They need your encouragement. Working together we will win this fight!
Effective at 7 a.m. on March 18 there will be no visitors allowed in Jefferson Regional Medical Center except for:
Labor and Delivery patients – 1 visitor per patient
Surgery patients – 1 visitor per patient
Hospice patients – 1 visitor per patient
New guidelines are released by the Centers for Disease Control every day and we use these to ensure the safety of our patients. Not allowing visitors is to protect our patients.
Director and State Health Officer for the Arkansas Department of Health Nathaniel Smith, MD, spoke today, during the governor’s press conference, about Jefferson Regional’s response to COVID-19.“The good news is that Jefferson Regional Medical Center has done an incredible job of segregating patients.” Dr. Smith said. “My team, my healthcare associated infections team, was there yesterday and was very, very impressed. I give them my highest commendation for the work they have done and they are really a model for other hospitals. I have high confidence in their ability to care for patients with COVID-19 as well as all other medical conditions.”Our employees continue to shine as we monitor and address the issues surrounding COVID-19.
To provide a safe, protective and healing environment for our patients, visitors, physicians and staff, Jefferson Regional requests the following.
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.
Effective immediately, in all areas allowing visitors, patients are limited to one visitor/guest at a time. We ask that all visitors enter through our main (40th Avenue) entrance. Regular visiting hours will be observed.
Jefferson Regional continues to care for our community by offering resources to assist with COVID-19. This afternoon, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that there were 16 positive COVID-19 cases in the state of Arkansas. The good news is that the positive cases attributed to our area are all linked to the primary patient at Jefferson Regional with no additional spread.
Our hospital staff has been working diligently throughout the weekend to ensure the safety of our patients and community. We are not experiencing any staffing challenges as our employees are dedicated and committed to serving our community in these tough times. To ensure the safety of our patients, staff and physicians, we will continue to have the limited entry points in order to screen for potential COVID-19 symptoms or exposure.
Jefferson Regional’s COVID-19 Information/Resource line (870-541-4911) will continue to be operational to answer questions from the public. If you have concerns, please call this number and a healthcare professional will assist in navigating you to the appropriate treatment, including drive-thru screenings if needed.
Once again, we remind the public to continue to take the recommended measures to protect from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, which include staying at home when sick, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing, coughing into your elbow, washing hands frequently, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and avoiding being within six feet (close contact) of a person who is sick.
Please call Jefferson Regional’s COVID-19 Information/Resource line (870-541-4911) if you think that you need medical attention related to COVID-19.
The health and safety of our patients, the public and our employees are of utmost importance at Jefferson Regional.
As we continuously work to minimize the spread of COVID-19, Jefferson Regional is providing safe care for all patients. Most recently, a COVID-19 information/resource line has been launched and all employees and visitors are being screened prior to entry at the main (4oth Avenue) and Emergency Room entrances. The check-in areas have been established to ensure proactive monitoring and protection efforts for all employees, patients and guests. We have also launched a dedicated COVID-19 web page where we can post updated information. You can reach this page by clicking the link in the alert bar at the top of our home page.
We remind the public to continue to take the recommended measures to protect from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, which include staying at home when sick, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing, coughing into your elbow, washing hands frequently, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and avoiding being within six feet (close contact) of a person who is sick.
Both Jefferson Regional Wellness Centers will close at the end of business Friday, March 13 and remain closed through Sunday, March 29. “We are faced with tough decisions that will affect our members and our community. With the health and safety of our membership in mind, we are closing our facility temporarily,” Wellness Center Manager Jason Rogers explained. “It is our sincere hope that these steps, along with others taken in our community, can ultimately help keep our members safe.” We apologize for any inconvenience.
We now have a dedicated resource phone line for those in our community who may have concerns about COVID-19. If you would like to speak with a healthcare professional call 870-541-4911.
Our hospital continues to be open today. Access into the building remains only through the 40th Avenue main entrance and the Emergency Department. All visitors will be screened before being allowed to enter the facility. Employees reporting for work should enter through the rear 42nd Avenue entrance and will be screened.
It has been determined that we have one patient in our main facility with a “presumptive positive” case of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is currently working to confirm this case. The patient is receiving excellent care, and we are following all CDC and other prevention guidelines to protect patients, visitors and employees. The risk is low for those who have not had direct contact with this patient. Out of an abundance of caution, we are limiting access to our facility. We ask that all visitors enter through our main 40th Avenue entrance or through our Emergency Department. All other entrances will be closed. You will be screened upon entering for fever and will be required to have the name of the patient you are visiting. We are committed to providing our community with current and accurate information as it becomes available.
Our visitor policy remains fluid. See updates above for the latest visitor policy.
All entrances are closed except the main entrance facing 40th Avenue and the Emergency Department entrance. These two access points are being manned by security and clinical staff. Their purpose is to screen anyone ENTERING the facility. We are NOT blocking anyone from leaving the facility.
After 7 p.m. daily and on the weekends the only entrance into the hospital will be through the Emergency Department. The main entrance will reopen daily from 7 a.m to 7 p.m.
We have encouraged our staff and visitors to limit leaving and returning to the facility without need. This is just due to the resources required to screen people ENTERING the building.
All testing is being conducted only in coordination and collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Health and your physician on a case-by-case basis. We are not providing this test in the Jefferson Regional Emergency Department or clinics.
Jefferson Regional is prepared to care for patients with COVID-19, as well as patients who are suspected of having the virus. Our hospital, clinics, and departments are open and safe for patients.
As always, we have doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, and respiratory therapists, on hand to care for any patient as needed.
Upon arrival to the medical center, and/or emergency department, patients are screened for cough, fever, shortness of breath and international travel. This allows for early isolation of patients with potential COVID-19 symptoms.
Local departments of public health and the CDC are responsible for publicly reporting COVID-19 cases.
Jefferson Regional is committed to the privacy of its patients and complies with all applicable laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Jefferson Regional does not share patient-specific information with the media without prior authorization. Jefferson Regional is collaborating with public health authorities, including the CDC and local public health authorities. These authorities are best positioned to provide public health information.
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Your COVID-19 game plan: CLICK HERE
COVID-19 infection chart: CLICK HERE
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Arkansas Department of Health: CLICK HERE