Wyandot On Wheels Re-Assigned to On-Campus Patient Care
Wyandot On Wheels Re-Assigned to On-Campus Patient Care

Wyandot On Wheels Re-Assigned to On-Campus Patient Care

Family Medicine

Wyandot On Wheels has been re-assigned to provide patient care services on the Wyandot Memorial Hospital campus during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The hospital’s mobile health services bus normally has a full schedule of visits to area industries for on-site occupational health services, and to Carey, Forest, Harpster, Nevada and Wharton for lab tests, screenings and more. The pandemic, however, temporarily suspended that outreach, and instead, WOW is helping the staff in continuing to meet the hospital’s mission while caring for patients in the safest way possible.

Women’s Health Services moved many of its patient visits to WOW in an effort to keep healthy women – especially expectant mothers – from entering the hospital and potentially encountering others who are ill. Patients scheduled with Dr. Carmen Doty-Armstrong and Nurse Midwives Megan Bair and Susan Hotelling will be notified in advance to report to WOW, which is parked in the hospital’s main lot. Those patients requiring lab work are encouraged to participate in the drive-thru lab service offered at the hospital’s main entrance on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. by phoning lab staff at 419-294-4991, extension 2278, upon arrival at the covered main entrance. Ultrasound exams for Women’s Health Services will continue to be performed in the hospital’s x-ray and imaging department as scheduled.

The hospital’s Anti-Coagulation Clinic – commonly called Coumadin Clinic – started offering drive-thru service at WOW for patients treated with the common blood thinner to reduce the formation of clots. Pharmacist Amy Brown schedules appointments with patients and uses a point-of-care meter to test a small sample of blood drawn from a finger prick. The meter provides the bleeding time results (PT/INR) in less than one minute. Brown then provides written instructions to the patient for the new dose of warfarin, and the results of the test are shared with the referring medical provider.

Immunizations for newborns and infants are also being administered on WOW during the pandemic.

Individuals presenting for appointments at WOW wait in their cars until a staff member meets them. This practice supports social distancing and allows for cleaning of high-touch surfaces between patients.

“We know there are a lot of unanswered questions right now and you may have concerns about accessing healthcare for yourself or loved ones,” noted WMH CEO Ty Shaull. “Feel free to reach out to us. We’re implementing some creative ways to keep medical care on track here at Wyandot Memorial, and we will do our best to accommodate your specific needs. If we don’t have the answers or help you need, we’ll find out who does.”

For more information, patients may phone their medical provider or hospital administration at 419-294-4991, extension 2267.