NEWARK, NJ - Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark is requiring all physicians, employees, patients, caregivers and contractors to undergo non-contact thermal scanning process upon entering the hospital.
The measure is part of the hospital's ongoing efforts to provide and maintain a safe environment as it opens its doors to more hospital services, outpatient, and clinic areas. The hospital also continues to ask screening questions of anyone entering its building.
"The safety of our staff and patients is paramount and thermal scanning adds another layer of protection," said Nancy Bisco-Flora, the chief nursing officer at the hospital. "Non-contact thermal scanning is a quick process and will be performed in addition to the COVID-19 healthcare screening questions."
Like other hospitals in Newark and the surrounding communities, Saint Michael's was inundated with COVID-19 patients during the peak of the pandemic for the last three months. During that period, the hospital limited visitors to prevent spread of the virus.
Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has abated, the hospital has resumed offering elective surgery and other procedures. Visitor restrictions are still in place, although exceptions can be arranged on a case by case basis.
The hospital has instituted a number of other safety procedures, including testing all patients admitted to the hospital even if there are no signs or symptoms of COVID-19. It has also created separate units for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients, as well as a transitional floor for admitted patients awaiting test results.
The hospital also continues to adhere to established protocols for personal protective equipment use to safeguard healthcare workers and patients from virus exposure.
Saint Michael's received an A Hospital Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group for the last four periods and a Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades.
"Patients can be confident that Saint Michael's is safe," Bisco-Flora said. "Do not hesitate to come to Saint Michael's for any healthcare needs, diagnostics, surgeries or procedures."