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Hospitals Remain Available for All Medical Emergencies, Not Just COVID-19

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Hospitals Remain Available for All Medical Emergencies, Not Just COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

Regional Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications | PA Markets

Roxborough, Suburban, and Lower Bucks Hospital

(215) 785-9817

MAliprantis@primehealthcare.com

Hospitals Remain Available for All Medical Emergencies, Not Just COVID-19
Patients Suffering Non-COVID-19 Emergencies, Such as Heart Attacks or Strokes, Should Not Delay Care and Still Visit ER

[April 16, 2020] – Ensuring safe access to emergency medical care continues to be important, even during a pandemic. The Emergency Department physicians and staff at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, a member of Prime Healthcare, remain available to serve emergency needs for non-COVID related issues. Patients should not delay care when needed, especially for conditions where early diagnosis and treatment can be lifesaving, such as heart attack and stroke.

Recent trends suggest that patients are not seeking care for emergencies and delays in diagnosis are leading to poor outcomes. Stay-at-home orders issued by public health agencies make exceptions for those in need of emergency medical treatments. Signs or symptoms of medical emergencies should not be ignored. Those experiencing signs of a heart attack or stroke, such as chest pain or sudden muscle weakness, should still call 911 or visit the emergency room immediately.

“Our Emergency Department remains open, sage and ready to serve patients and our community, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week,” said Matt Shelak, CEO of Roxborough Memorial Hospital, who added that the hospital is concerned that some people might ignore danger signs and postpone trips to the ER for fear of being exposed to the coronavirus. “We are well prepared to handle non-COVID emergencies as well as able to deal with an influx of potential COVID-19 cases, and are following all state, local and federal guidelines to safeguard our staff and other patients from exposure.”

Roxborough Memorial Hospital is consistently recognized for clinical excellence. We are proud of our many quality achievements including Leap Frog Grade A, Certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, Five Star Recipient, Treatment of Heart Attack 2017-2019, Five Star Recipient, Treatment of Heart Failure 2017-2019,and Recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 and 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award. These accolades are a direct result of our commitment to clinical excellence and a unique physician-led model of healthcare delivery.

Those experiencing mild flu-like symptoms should consult with their primary care physician while taking precautions to self-isolate and limit contact with family members while at home. If symptoms worsen, however – including a consistent cough and fever -- visit an emergency room as soon as possible.

Information on the potential warning signs of a heart attack can be found here: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-attack/warning-signs-of-a-heart-attack. For signs of a stroke, visit https://www.stroke.org/en/about-stroke/stroke-symptoms.

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About Roxborough Memorial Hospital:

Roxborough Memorial Hospital is a 141-bed community hospital. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Roxborough, Manayunk, East Falls and northwest section of Philadelphia communities for more than a century, having first opened its doors in 1890. Roxborough Memorial Hospitals School of Nursing has been educating nurses since 1898. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Roxborough Memorial Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology. Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, and Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County.