• •Baptist will open a second COVID-19 screening center this Friday, March 27 in south Santa Rosa County

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    March 26, 2020
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            
    Baptist Health Care COVID-19 Update #5
    March 26, 2020
    • We have two presumptive positive patients in our care at Gulf Breeze Hospital and one presumptive positive patient in our care at Baptist hospital. We are following all CDC protocols to ensure the safety of our patients and team members.
    • Baptist will open a second COVID-19 screening center this Friday, March 27 in south Santa Rosa County to evaluate people with respiratory illness and COVID-19 symptoms. To better and more safely serve our community members, this Baptist Medical Group location is set up to provide a controlled environment that applies the social distancing guidelines that are encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The center’s focus is to provide a more comprehensive treatment program by screening those who may have COVID-19 and treating people with Flu-A, Flu-B, pneumonia or other respiratory illnesses.
    All individuals with respiratory symptoms – such as cough, fever and shortness of breath – can call 850.434.4080 to determine if they need an appointment with the screening center. An appointment is required to visit this center. If they meet the criteria, an appointment will be scheduled for them. They will be given a phone number to call upon their arrival. Patients will be asked to remain in their vehicles, and a BMG team member will greet them and escort them to the clinic.
    • We have established limited entry points as well as updated visitor policies at all Baptist Medical Parks Andrews Institute and Baptist Medical Group clinics. Signage will provide direction to the proper entrance, and each person entering the facility will be screened with questions and a temperature check in accordance with CDC guidelines. For more information: https://www.ebaptisthealthcare.org/Health/changes-in-visitation-policy #COVID19
    For more information about this press release or to schedule an interview, please contact Kathy Bowers at 850.791.5254 or BHCMediaRelations@bhcpns.org.
    About Baptist Health Care
    Baptist Health Care is a community-owned, not-for-profit health care organization based in northwest Florida that is committed to helping people throughout life’s journey. The organization is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. A 2003 Malcolm Baldrige recipient, Baptist continuously strives to be a national leader in quality and service. Baptist Health Care includes three hospitals, four medical parks, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, Lakeview Center and a large network of primary care and specialty physicians. With more than 7,300 employees and employed physicians, Baptist Health Care is the second largest non-governmental employer in northwest Florida.
    Baptist Health Care Baptist Hospital Gulf Breeze Hospital Jay Hospital Lakeview Center Baptist Medical Park – Nine Mile Baptist Medical Park – Navarre Baptist Medical Park – Pace Baptist Medical Park – Airport Andrews Institute Baptist Medical Group Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute Cardiology Consultants
    Chanda Ryan, Executive Director
    chandaryan10@gmail.com, (850) 939-3267