For current and up to date information on the Coronavirus:
Yoakum, TX (July 22, 2020) – Modified Visitor Policy
As part of our strategy to ensure the safety of our patients and staff, YCH is immediately implementing a “no visitor” policy. This change is necessary and based on the surge in COVID-19 patients we are experiencing in our service area. Charge nurses will still have discretion to allow visitors in very limited cases. As always, we are monitoring multiple factors daily and will re-evaluate the visitor policy as necessary.
Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time!
Yoakum, TX (May 14, 2020) – COVID-19 Antibody Testing Available
Yoakum Family Practice now offers antibody testing, which is used to identify the presence of immune response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This test is only intended to detect IgG antibodies to the virus. It does not diagnose active or recent infection. For IgG antibodies to be detected, patients must be symptom-free (no fever or cough) for two weeks prior to testing. A lab order from your primary care provider is required prior to testing. Call (361) 293-7061 to obtain a lab order for Antibody Testing today!
Yoakum, TX (April 24, 2020) – Help Us Conserve Our Face Masks!
To all patients visiting Yoakum Community Hospital: we kindly request that you please bring and wear your own personal face masks or face coverings, per CDC guidelines, when visiting our facility. As hospitals across the nation continue to work with limited personal protective equipment (PPE), we want to be as proactive as possible in conserving our supply of face masks.
Yoakum, TX (April 20, 2020) – Effective April 21, 2020 and until further notice, we have temporarily changed our hours of operation for the following YCH departments:
- Yoakum Family Practice Clinic: 8:30AM – 3:30PM
- Professional Office Building Lab Draw Station: 7:30AM – 3:00PM **After 3:00PM, labs can be drawn at the Hospital Lab – patients must register at ER entrance**
Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause!
Yoakum, TX (April 16, 2020) – In response to COVID-19 and in keeping our patients safe, Yoakum Community Hospital will launch a temporary drive-thru laboratory beginning on Monday, April 20th. The Drive Thru lab will be available Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and located in the rear of the hospital under the covered parking. Please note that this Drive Thru is for routine lab work ONLY!
For Routine Lab Work
All patients MUST call ahead or have their Physician call to set up an appointment time for the Drive Thru lab collection. A lab order MUST be faxed over prior to the appointment time.
Schedule an Appointment
Call Central Scheduling to make an appointment for your lab draw at (361) 293-9638 or (361) 293-2321 ext. 444.
Fax Orders: (361) 293-5294
Draw station will be set up towards the back of the Hospital under the covered parking. Drive down the entrance furthest to the right – watch for signage! Draw station will be close to The Bistro parking lot entrance.
Yoakum, TX (March 24, 2020) – Effective immediately, Yoakum Community Hospital will restrict visitor access to the hospital in order to protect our patients and staff. At this time, no visitors will be allowed for adult patients. Exceptions will be made at the discretion of the clinical team. As hospitals across the nation continue to work with limited personal protective equipment (PPE), we want to be as proactive as possible in conserving supplies.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but please know that our top priority remains the same – to keep our patients, your loved ones, as healthy and safe as possible!
We encourage you to please call our facility (361) 293-2321 ext. 240 and we would be more than happy to assist with a phone call between you and your loved one. Thank you for your understanding during this trying time!
Yoakum, TX (March 19, 2020) – Yoakum Community Hospital remains committed to providing the highest quality care while ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors at all times. Thank you for your trust in our hospital and our skilled professionals who are serving on the frontlines of COVID-19. Yoakum Community Hospital continues to follow CDC and local health department guidelines.
Dr. Blake Goodman, Medical Director of the Yoakum Community Hospital Emergency Room, reminds our community: “Please be mindful that avoidable visits may spread the virus further and hinder our ability to help those in the most need.”
According to Yoakum Community Hospital CEO Karen Barber, for the utmost safety of patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors, the hospital has suspended pulmonary rehab, cardiac rehab and elective procedures.
In addition, visiting hours at Yoakum Community Hospital have been reduced to 7am-7pm and access to the hospital continues to be restricted for patients, visitors, employees, and clinical personnel alike. Access remains only through the Emergency Room and Professional Office Building doors, where visitors and staff are being screened upon entry.
“These measures are in place to protect our facility and our community,” Barber says. “Please know that our providers and clinical teams are well-trained, prepared and experienced in dealing with health crises as the focal point for emergency and specialty care for the community.”
Yoakum, TX (March 13, 2020) – On March 7, 2020 a patient was initially seen at Yoakum Community Hospital, who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 at another facility. We have identified all staff who met criteria for surveillance per the CDC definition. We are currently awaiting further instruction from the local health department about continued monitoring.
Effective today, March 13, 2020, the following measures will be instituted at Yoakum Community Hospital.
- YCH will restrict access to the Hospital for patients, visitors, employees, and clinical personnel. Access will only be through the emergency room doors and Professional Office Building doors.
- There will be a formal check-in and check-out for everyone.
- Patients are limited to one companion— no exceptions during this time.
- Public access to the Bistro (Cafeteria) will not be allowed at this time.
Additional operational changes include: suspending pulmonary rehab, cardiac rehab, elective surgeries, some diagnostics, as well as closing the Outpatient Clinic through Wednesday
While we realize this is a change from normal operation, we believe this is in the best interests of public safety.
Dr. Blake Goodman, Medical Director of the Yoakum Community Hospital Emergency Room, advised the following statement, “We at Yoakum Community Hospital are doing everything we can to protect our patients, our staff and the community at large. We are still open for all emergencies and hospital services, so if you are sick we are here to help you. However, before coming to the hospital just to be checked, please consider the safety of our patients, our staff and the possibility of spread. We will be screening vital signs, recent travel history, and a physical exam will be performed from the parking lot. You will then be considered medically screened; at that time you will be triaged to the Emergency Room or sent home.”
We realize this situation is rapidly evolving, and we are receiving new information regularly. As this happens, we will be transparent with you, and we will communicate new updates as quickly as we can.
As the virus continues to spread closer to home, we want to assure you that we are providing you with the most up-to-date information, as well as the best training, equipment, resources and support available to protect you, our patients and our community.