Published on March 19, 2020

Silver Cross Hospital Addresses COVID-19 Concerns In New Informational Video for Community

Ruth Colby, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital, and Dr. Atul Gupta, Medical Director of Infectious Disease at Silver Cross, address COVID-19 questions and concerns in a newly released video produced by the hospital.

The eight-minute video covers topics like what to do if you have symptoms; visiting your local grocery store; checking in on elderly loved ones; and more. The video is live on the hospital’s website at www.silvercross.org and on YouTube.

Visitor Restrictions and Screening

Additionally, in an effort to keep all patients, visitors and employees safe, the hospital has implemented visitor restrictions. Effective March 18 and until further notice, visitation is restricted throughout the entire hospital campus – including the main hospital, cancer center, and emergency department.

Limited exceptions will be made to this new policy. Potential visitors should call the hospital’s main number at 815-300-1100 ahead to determine if they will be allowed to visit.

Those approved for a visit will be screened at the four main entrance points to the hospital – main entrance, Emergency Department, Pavilion A and B, and the Cancer Center. Screenings will include asking the CDC-recommended questions regarding travel and exposure.

The screening and access to the building will be Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. and closed on Sundays. This process will be in place until further notice.

Patients and family members are encouraged to connect with family and friends by their individual mobile and internet-connected devices. For more information, please visit the hospital website at www.silvercross.org

COVID-19 Case

Like hospitals across the U.S., Silver Cross Hospital is currently treating a patient who has tested positive for COVID-19. She is a female patient in her 50s. We’re working closely with officials from the Will County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

The affected patient remains hospitalized in isolation.

We are closely following the recommended guidelines outlined by these officials, and are implementing all protocols, including an exposure investigation, to identify whose who might have had contact with this patient and treat them accordingly to minimize further transmission of the virus.

Along with the care of this patient, our No. 1 priority at Silver Cross Hospital remains patient and staff safety.

The CDC affirms there are everyday prevention measures to stop or slow the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses by washing hands frequently, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes.

For more information, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.