Covid-19 Information

Upper Peninsula Surgery Center is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments.

 

COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENT

Upper Peninsula Surgery Center staff will be asking each staff member, patient, and vender to answer COVID-19 screening questions and taking temperatures to help support the health of our community and stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Additionally, each patient will be required to receive a COVID-19 test before their procedure and provide proof they are negative before their operation.

 

CLOSURES

Only patients will be allowed into the Upper Peninsula Surgery Center at this time. There will be no visitors allowed in the Center at this time.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR PATIENTS

Is the Upper Peninsula Surgery Center clean and safe? 

Upper Peninsula Surgery Center is clean and safe – we are a brand-new facility and strive for 110%! One of the core elements of properly managing infectious diseases is the cleanliness of our physical facility. We partner with SCI cleaners to provide not only normal cleaning, but terminal cleaning as well. Additionally, staff provide intermediate cleaning and constant disinfection to promote consistent quality of cleanliness throughout the entire facility. 

Do you have the supplies and capacity to accommodate my procedure? 

Every patient’s case for Upper Peninsula Surgery Center is reviewed before being scheduled to make sure all their needs are met to be comfortably cared for safely.

What should I expect during my procedure?

Upon arrival at the facility, you will be asked the same standard screening questions and provided with a mask (if you do not already have one).

You may never see another patient while you are here, and that is intentional for now. We are currently trying to minimize overlap in an effort to promote social distancing, conserve resources, and protect the safety of all of our patients and employees.

You are going to be asked COVID-19 screening questions multiple times by multiple people, up until you are admitted for your procedure. You may get tired of these questions, but we assure you they are for your health and safety, and that of our staff. 

You may never see the faces of your care team members under their protective equipment. We do regret this, as the personal connections we have with our patients and community are what keep us going. However, this is an important precaution we are taking to protect you and our clinical staff.

What questions will I be asked during the screening? 

The questions are part of our standard COVID-19 screening process and include asking if you have….

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Whenever you are asked, please answer these screening questions honestly. 

How will I prepare for my procedure?

If you are having a surgical procedure, you will be asked to practice “safer at home” behaviors for seven (7) days to minimize potential exposure prior to your procedure. This means going a step further from social distancing – trying only to leave your home for critical needs such as groceries or going to the pharmacy. If you need to leave for an essential purpose, you must wear a mask. You also will be asked to check your temperature twice a day during this seven-day period and report any result above 100°F to your provider. Finally, you will be tested for COVID-19 prior to your procedure as an additional precaution.

Will I be tested for COVID-19? 

If you are having a surgical procedure, you will be tested for COVID-19 prior to your procedure. Your provider will place the order for the test, and the Upper Peninsula Surgery Center will reach out with instructions for scheduling. If your test happens to be positive, your procedure will be postponed, and you will be given instructions related to your care by your doctor. 

Can my family member/spouse/friend/caregiver come with me to the facility? 

Visitors will be asked to wait outside of the facility. If accommodations need to be made, please call (906) 273-2223.

Upper Peninsula Surgery Center continues to screen everyone who enters the facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19, per CDC guidelines

If I have additional questions about my procedure, who should I contact? 

If you have any questions, please call our team at (906) 273-2223.

 

RESOURCES

Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19. For more information on the virus, please contact the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department.

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