UPDATED MARCH 27, 2020
In an effort to better serve our patients during this difficult time we are now offering Virtual Visits for those of you seeking care with our providers at either Whitman Orthopedic Clinic or Whitman Medical Clinics.
In order to set up a virtual visit you must have the following:
- Email address
- Patient Portal Access
- A cell phone/tablet or computer with the following:
- High Speed WiFi or cellular data plan (knowing data will be used for these visits)
- Camera and Microphone capabilities on the device you are using
To find out if your next appointment can be done virtually please contact your provider's office.
UPDATED MARCH 23, 2020
Whitman Hospital is accepting donations of N95 Masks. Anyone wishing to donate can drop off at the hospital lobby during the new hours stated below.
UPDATED MARCH 20, 2020
Whitman Hospital's main entrance will observe the following hours:
Monday - Friday 0700 - 1830
Saturday/Sunday 0800 - 1700
If you need to access the hospital outside of these hours please use emergency patient entrance and push button for assistance.
In addition, as instructed by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee all elective non-emergent services will be suspended indefinitely. These services include but are not limited to the following:
- Most Joint Replacements
- Most Cataract and Lens Surgeries
- Non-Urgent Cardiac Procedures
- Cosmetic Surgeries
- Interventional Radiology Services
Doctors can perform a non-emergent procedure if delaying would cause harm to the patient within the next three months.
Please contact your provider’s office for your specific situation.
UPDATED MARCH 16, 2020
Dear WHMC Patients and Families,
Our efforts to keep patients, care providers and the community safe continue to evolve as we receive new information from federal and state agencies. Listed below are our latest changes we would like you to be aware of.
Patient Visitation. This has been further restricted to allow patient visitation by exception only.
Click here for the updated policy.
Routine Patient Care. Visits for routine annual physicals and/or wellness exams should be postponed until further notice.
Hospital Outpatient Services. Please expect a call prior to your visit in order to screen for symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. If you are experiencing a fever, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, coughing, and/or sore throat and body aches, you will be asked to reschedule your appointment.
Harvest Home Cafe. The cafe and complimentary beverages will be unavailable to the public until further notice.
Community Wellness. All classes are suspended until further notice.
Blue Bird Boutique. The gift shop will be closed until further notice.
As a reminder, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms please call your local Whitman Medical Clinic. We will talk with you about seeking care and options for testing while minimizing the risk of exposing yourself or others through an in-person visit.
If you are experiencing severe symptoms or it is after clinic hours contact Whitman Hospital at 509-397-3435 or call 911.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus meaning it has not been previously identified. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses and include the common cold. Most cause mild illnesses; however, they can result in more serious illness such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
How is COVID-19 spread?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), early reports suggest it is spread person-to-person via respiratory droplets during close contact (within 6 feet) with an infected person. It is possible however, that transmission can occur from touching an object or surface contaminated with COVID-19.
How can I lessen my chance of getting COVID-19 infection?
Prevention strategies are the same as for influenza and include:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use appropriate amount of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who are demonstrating flu-like symptoms
- Stay home when you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms
- Frequently clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and objects
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Common physical symptoms are:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Possible sore throat and body aches
What should I do if I am experiencing flu-like symptoms and think I may have COVID-19?
Follow the prevention strategies listed above. During normal business hours, contact your local Whitman Medical Clinic. After hours or if experiencing severe symptoms contact Whitman Hospital or call 911.
Is there a vaccine?
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.
Is there treatment for COVID-19?
Treatment is supportive and similar to flu.
Should I wear a facemask if I am healthy to protect myself?
The CDC does not recommend that people who are healthy wear a mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses including COVID-19. Masks should be worn by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent spread of the disease to others. Masks are available at registration desks for patients experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Where can I get more information?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/
Washington State Department of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/
Washington State Hospital Association: https://www.wsha.org/
Washington State DOH Coronavirus Hotline for updates: 1.800.525.0127