At Shriners Hospitals for Children, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the rapidly evolving situation regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we are closely monitoring updates and alerts from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are actively following their recommendations.

Please note that Shriners Hospitals for Children does not administer COVID-19 testing or treatment at this time. If your child has an upcoming appointment and you or your child are exhibiting a cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath or flu like symptoms, please contact your local Shriners Hospitals for Children location to reschedule the appointment.

Screening protocol and updated policies at the Springfield Shriners Hospital.

For the latest updates about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.

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New COVID-19 screening protocol and updated policies at the Springfield Shriners Hospital

New COVID-19 screening protocol and updated policies at the Springfield Shriners Hospital

Due to the ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield has taken immediate action to help protect our patients, staff and the community from the spread of the virus.

We are postponing non-essential surgeries, procedures and appointments through at least April 6, 2020. That date may change based on guidance from the state or federal governments, or the CDC. Our chief of staff is reviewing all cases and referrals, and those that can be deferred without significantly impacting the patient’s health outcome will be rescheduled when public health conditions allow. We will be evaluating this decision on a weekly basis with the hope of getting back to normal operations as soon as possible. All patients whose appointments are being postponed are being notified. Any patient or family with questions should call 413-787-2088.

We have implemented a change to our visitor policy. Until further notice, each patient will be permitted no more than two (2) visitors on the inpatient unit at one time, and no one under the age of 14. We strongly recommend that family members over the age of 65 not accompany or visit patients at this time. Identical restrictions apply for patients being seen in our outpatient clinical areas, including outpatient clinics, Prosthetics and Orthotics (POPS) and Rehabilitation Services (PT/OT).

To further minimize points of potential exposure, non-essential traffic into the building will not be permitted. This includes volunteers, students, on-site events and activities, meeting space and cafeteria usage by outside groups, sales calls and tours.

All patients and visitors will be asked two screening questions:

  • Are you experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing?
  • Have you, or someone you have had close contact with, traveled to any of the high-risk countries within the last two weeks?

Positive responses to these questions will lead to a deeper assessment by Springfield Shriners Hospital nursing staff and may result in the rescheduling of an individual’s appointment.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we continue to closely monitor the latest medical information and recommendations from public health agencies.