Opening Safely at KCH

At Knox Community Hospital, keeping you and your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic is our number one priority.

Many patients in our community have been able to find relief for a wide range of conditions with treatment options ranging from surgical to telehealth consultations with a provider.

Your safety, comfort, and peace of mind are essential to your health and well-being. 

Hospital and Provider Clinics

  • Screening patients, visitors, and staff for elevated temperatures and symptoms
  • Universal masking for patients, visitors and employees campus-wide
  • Following Ohio guidelines for the use of PPE in patient care settings
  • A mask is available for patients/visitors who do not have one when entering the facility
  • KCH Environmental Services sanitizes all offices and campus facilities with hospital-grade disinfectants that kill the coronavirus and other infection-related risk factors
  • Encouraging physical distancing floor and wall signage

Emergency, Urgent and Inpatient Care

The KCH Emergency Department, Urgent Care Center and all in/out-patient care services have implemented precautionary steps to prevent the spread of disease and encourage physical distancing. 
  • To ensure safety measures at KCH, our Certified Infection Preventionist, Emiley Body, works with a team of clinical and operational professions to continually assess and address potential risk factors.
  • This team works to develop innovative methods to ensure patient and staff safety across all KCH services as well as preserve the supply of Personal Protective Equipment. 
  • COVID-19 testing is available for symptomatic patients that present to Urgent Care or the Emergency Department for evaluation. Patients will be tested prior to surgery and certain diagnostic procedures.

Surgical Care

To further reduce the spread of infection, patients scheduled for surgical services are required to take a swab test for COVID-19.
  • Patients with a negative test result will proceed with the scheduled procedure and asked to self-isolate until the date of their surgery.
  • On the day of the procedure, before entering the facility, patients and approved visitors will be screened. You must wear a mask while in the facility; if you do not have one available, we will give you one. One visitor per patient allowed, must be 18 or older. After checking in with Central Registration and providing a phone number to be updated about the status of your loved one during the procedure, visitors will need to remain in their vehicle until notified that the patient is in recovery.
  • If you have a positive test result, we will contact you, and you will be encouraged to self-quarantine until recovered, and the procedure will be rescheduled for when the patient is feeling better.

Diagnostic Imaging and Mammograms

Before your diagnostic appointment, patients will receive a phone call regarding their visit and a few questions about symptoms/exposure to COVID-19. Upon arrival at the facility:
  • Our staff will disinfect all equipment and surfaces in exam rooms 
  • Universal masking for patients, visitors and employees campus-wide
  • Only patients with assistance requirements will be permitted to have a visitor available to support them with their appointment.

Maternity Care

The new Ann Schnormeier Center for Birthing Care, with its private entrance for expecting families, is determined to provide the safest journey possible. A few of the precautions we’ve implemented include:
  • All moms must be tested for COVID-19 before admittance to the labor and delivery area
  • Screening patients, visitors, and staff for elevated temperatures and symptoms
  • Universal masking for patients, visitors and employees campus-wide
  • You newborn will remain with you during your stay at KCH when not undergoing well-baby testing or exams
  • Expecting moms may have one support person with them for the duration of your visit; this individual cannot switch with another individual to share in the support process.

Testing for COVID-19

At this time, Knox Community Hospital is testing primarily for inpatient and outpatient care situations. FREE COVID Swab Testing is available at the following locations:
  • Knox County Community Health Center (11660 Upper Gilchrist Road, MV) - appointment needed by calling 740.399.8008.
  • Danville Community Health Center (16 E Main St.) - appointment required by calling 740.399.8008.