Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Veteran Care in Texas to Improve from VA Hospital Policy Change

A recent change to the Veterans Administration policy may significantly improve the quality of care that is available at VA hospitals in Texas, and elsewhere in the United States.

In December 2016, the VA announced that it had expanded the services that advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) may provide at VA hospitals. The change permits APRNs at VA hospitals in Texas and throughout the rest of the nation to provide all services that they are trained and qualified to provide, even if such service is currently limited by state law.

“Amending this regulation increases our capacity to provide timely, efficient, effective, and safe primary care, aids VA in making the most efficient use of APRN staff capabilities, and provides a degree of much needed experience to alleviate the current access challenges that are affecting VA,” VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. David J. Shulkin said in the Dec. 14, 2016, news release that announced the VA policy change.

The Dec. 14 release noted that advanced practice registered nurses all have advanced degrees and training, including master’s degrees, post-masters training, or doctoral degrees. Within the VA system, APRNs fill the following four positions:

  • Certified Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  • Certified Nurse Midwife

In the May 2, 2016, release that announced that the VA was considering granting expanded authority to advanced practice registered nurses, the president of the American Nurses Association praised the potential move as a positive step both for the nurses and for the veterans that they serve.

“This proposal removes barriers that prevent APRNs from providing a full range of services and will assist VA in its ongoing efforts to address staff shortages and improve Veterans’ access to care.” ANA President Pamela Cipriano said.  “APRNs are critical members of the health care workforce and an integral component of the health care delivery system with a proven track record of safe quality care and high patient satisfaction.”

Help for Veterans in Texas

Improvements to VA hospitals will definitely impact Texas, which is home to more veterans than any other U.S. state except California.

According to information from the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS), about 1,650,000 veterans lived in Texas in 2016, including about 50,000 who reside in Bell County. Unfortunately, a Dec. 7, 2016 USA Todayarticle reported that Texas is also home to some of the lowest-performing VA hospitals.

The article, which was based on internal VA rankings that had previously not been disclosed to the public, noted that during the fourth quarter of 2015, four VA hospitals in Texas had been assigned one-star ratings, the lowest score in the VA’s five-star system. Two of those VA hospitals had improved to two-star ratings by the middle of 2016, but the other two remained at one-star status.

Four other VA healthcare providers in Texas received fewer than five stars in 2015, including the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, a system that includes the Olin R. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center in Bell County. The Central Texas system received two stars at the end of 2015, and remained at the two-star level in the middle of 2016.

The VA’s star system for facilities in Bell County and throughout the United States is based upon a variety of factors, including wait times to receive services, infection rates among patients, and death rates.

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