At Stonerise Healthcare, there is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and wellbeing of our patients and the dedicated team members who care for them. During these uncertain times, we are doing everything in our power to keep your loved ones safe and healthy. Our mission to do what is best for our patients and employees has never been stronger.
As this situation continues to unfold, we are committed to providing you with ongoing updates about the steps our facilities throughout the state are taking to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on our patients and team members. We encourage you to visit this page for updates and new developments over the coming weeks.
Stonerise has “Safe Harbor Units” geographically dispersed across West Virginia to serve as a new hospital admission funnel for all 17 skilled nursing centers we support statewide. These units are exclusive for new admissions who are COVID-19 negative. The intent is to limit the risk of introducing COVID-19 to existing patients while maintaining our commitment to care for new patients leaving the hospital who are not ready to go home.
Safe Harbor units are distinct areas isolated from the rest of the current patient population. They are supported by dedicated staff, equipment and more stringent admission criteria. We believe this is a safer, more responsible option for post-acute short stay rehab and long-term care patients already at highest risk should they contract COVID-19. We are following the guidance of the CDC and other authorities that have recommended skilled nursing centers nationwide create separate, isolated units for receiving hospital admissions.
State Mandated Testing Concluded
West Virginia’s Gov. Jim Justice recently issued an executive order that required all skilled nursing center patients and employees to be tested for COVID-19, regardless of symptoms. We have concluded the process of testing all patients and employees within our centers*. On May 5, 2020, we confirmed receipt of all patient and employee test results including several re-tests to ensure no false positives. Of 3,466 results, 3,461 tests were negative and five tests required follow up testing because they were initially confirmed as positive. Following multiple re-tests, all five individuals have tested negative at least twice. By testing everyone, regardless of symptoms, we are able to more effectively manage and prevent the spread of the virus.
(*Excluding Eastbrook Center because all patients and employees were tested the day prior to the Governor’s executive order)
As we received results from LabCorp, the state vendor that Gov. Justice selected to support his order, you were notified of loved one’s test results through our Guardian Angel phone tree program. In addition, we reported our data the CMS, and the appropriate local and state officials.
“While we are blessed and grateful for these test results, we will absolutely remain vigilant. We have implemented aggressive prevention efforts aimed at keeping patients, caregivers and employees safe and healthy. We are acting quickly to detect and safely treat individuals affected by COVID-19. We are providing our patients with the clinician-led care they need so that we can get them back to health,” said Dr. James Malone, Chief Medical Director of Stonerise Healthcare.
While we continue to be vigilant in our prevention and detection efforts, we are prepared to effectively care for patients who test positive. As part of our crisis preparedness plans, all Stonerise facilities have created COVID-19-ready units to ensure patients who test positive receive the proper care and attention, while safely distancing them from other patients to prevent the spread of the virus. Our dedicated team members on the COVID-19-ready units remain prepared to provide the best possible care to patients who are affected by the virus.
At the same time, we are continuing to follow CDC and state guidelines to lessen the impact of the virus. We continue our measures around social distancing, limiting new admissions, restricting visitor access and ensuring employees have access to the needed resources to safely care for our patients, including masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE).
Guardian Angel Program
With patient families unable to come visit their loved ones at our skilled nursing centers, each center mobilized in early March to designate center employee “Guardian Angels” responsible for keeping the same families updated regularly by phone several times each week. Guardian Angels have no more than 10 families to stay in touch with to ensure interactions stay personal, and not rushed.
Click here to download more information on our proactive COVID-19 strategy.
Get in Touch
We know you may have questions about testing, and we want to answer them as best we can. For more information, please reach out to your loved one’s Guardian Angel or call the center CEO directly.