McLaren Greater Lansing continues to serve community's emergency needs

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the lives of people around the world in ways they never could have imagined. As the United States is forced to adapt to this evolving situation, health care providers like McLaren Greater Lansing are stepping up to make sure their community is safe from COVID-19, and any other emergent health needs.

"The health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff are our top priority. McLaren has instituted a number of increased safety precautions that go beyond our already robust measures," said Kirk Ray, McLaren Greater Lansing president and CEO. "We are providing continuous education to our staff as well as appropriate personal protective equipment. Our environmental services staff have increased their cleaning schedules and are disinfecting frequently touched areas in our hospital beyond their normal stringent standards."

McLaren Greater Lansing's staff is being screened when entering the hospital, including having their temperature scanned. The hospital has limited access points to ensure that no persons enter without being screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

Temporary visitor restrictions are also in place. Visitors are not permitted with the exception of one healthy adult for patients in the birthing center, accompanying pediatric patients, and assisting patients ready for discharge. If possible, families are encouraged to keep up with loved ones through phone or video chat.

Although Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-17 states hospitals and freestanding surgical outpatient facilities must postpone nonessential procedures until the termination of the COVID-19 state of emergency, McLaren Greater Lansing continues to provide care for patients with emergent needs.

"Each and every day, our community counts on McLaren to provide lifesaving care, cutting-edge medical procedures, and other services to keep them healthy," said Ray. "Other health care needs will still arise during the COVID-19 crisis. While some nonessential care has been delayed, McLaren remains committed to meeting our community's other health care needs now and into the future."