Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

All persons entering Rice Medical Center and Clinics are being asked to come with their own masks, whether homemade or purchased

This is an effort to conserve PPE’s for the healthcare providers and people on the front lines

In the media section below are some helpful links on how to make masks at home.

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Visitation Policy

July 24, 2020

I regret to reaffirm our revised visitation policy prohibits visitors entering the hospital with very few exceptions. This is not optional. This is a mandate put in place by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission during the COVID-19 Emergency declaration. The Trump administration extended the emergency declaration until October 25, so this revised policy will remain in effect at least until that date unless rescinded by THHSC or other executive order.

The exceptions to the exclusion of visitors is limited to the following:

  • Providers of essential services include, but are not limited to, contract doctors, contract nurses, hospice workers, other contract healthcare providers, persons providing a survivor of sexual assault with services required by Health and Safety Code Chapter 323, and a single designated caregiver acting on the patient’s behalf.
  • Persons with legal authority to enter include, but are not limited to, government personnel performing their official duties and an attorney or other legally authorized representative of a patient.
  • Persons providing critical assistance include providers of essential services, persons with legal authority to enter, a clergy member authorized by the hospital, one parent of a minor who is a patient, and family members and friends of a patient at the end of life or presenting at the emergency department, subject to the hospital’s policies and procedures.

A copy of the official Health Facility Compliance Guidance Letter issued by THHSC will be made available upon request.

We will be happy to assist where possible in virtual visits. Thank you for your understanding during this trying time.

COVID-19

Your Responsibility

Colorado County and the Rice Hospital District has recently experienced a number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Reports from the Colorado County Emergency Management Director suggest some folks are failing to follow instructions after testing for COVID-19.

If you are tested, you are presumed positive until you receive your test results.  You must self-isolate after testing until you receive the all clear by a negative test result.  The results can take two or more days with some results taking up to a week.  If your test is negative, you can have some confidence that at the moment you tested, you were not infected.  Although you could contract the virus after testing, you can continue a normal lifestyle while continuing to practice all the safety measures we have come to understand: social distancing, avoiding crowds, washing hands regularly and wearing facial protection.  We should all monitor ourselves for symptoms associated with COVID-19, primarily body temperature.  If your test is positive, you will be contacted by a health care professional with additional guidance. 

If you have questions, please call

979-234-5571

 

Thank you and please remain safe.

Message from the CEO

The coronavirus has many of us taking new precautions and we at Rice Medical Center, Rice Medical Associates and Lighthouse are no different.  In fact we are involved on a federal, state and local level coordinating our preparedness to best protect the citizens of the Rice Hospital District and our surrounding service area.  Knowing this situation is continually changing, I would like you to keep in mind some things you may not know:

  • Current guidelines direct anyone who suspects they may have the virus or has been in contact with someone with the virus, but are not severely ill, to self-quarantine.
  • If you believe you need to see a physician and are not severely ill, call your physician.  Staff will speak with you and help insure you are receiving the appropriate directions.

 

We have utilized telemedicine for over seven years to successfully treat patients as far as over 400 miles away.  We now have technology which allows us to conduct telemedicine encounters with anyone, anywhere, as long as they have a video capable cell phone and an email address.  This means you can rest assured the provider is making the best determination about your healthcare without you having to leave your home. 

Jim Janek, CEO
Jim Janek, CEO

Telemedicine is not indicated for all types of health care, but for this current pandemic, it could help you secure quality health care without leaving home.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact RMC or RMA for guidance.  Together we will get through this.

Jim Janek

“Questions about Covid-19?” We now have a confidential COVID line to help you! 979-234-5571 (option 1)

Rice Medical Center-Lighthouse has established a COVID information line to help. We realize that many in our community are becoming overwhelmed with stress, worry, and fear. In an effort to help the community cope and endure these emotionally challenging times, the Lighthouse staff will be available to answer general questions. All COVID tests at Rice Medical Center require a physician order, please contact Rice Medical Associates to schedule your telemedicine visit. Rice Medical Center, Rice Medical Associates and Lighthouse are here for you.  If you wish to talk to one of our staff, please call 979-234-5571 (option 1), our we are ready and happy to help.

Please note the following limitations:

  • Unable to provide medical or health information we advise you to refer to a healthcare provider, or call 911 in an emergency. All information provided is intended for general guidance only.
  • Unable to provide mental health or counseling. The support line can only address matters related to stress, nervousness, sadness, and significant feelings of loneliness.  
  • Mental health counseling can be arranged with one of our licensed therapist through telemedicine if needed.
  • Hours of Operation Monday -Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM-11:00 AM.

Our lines are open and our staff is ready to support you! We can and will get through these times together. You are not alone, we are here for you!

Contacts:

Vice President of Business Development – Tyara C. Barge tbarge@ricemedicalcenter.net

Director of Behavioral Health Services – Amanda Vail avail1@ricemendicalcenter.net

RMC logoWe at RMC, RMA and Lighthouse are monitoring the ever-changing CDC guidelines daily.  There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the COVID-19 virus.  Having said that,

If you are experiencing mild flu/cold like symptoms (cough, fever, achiness, vomiting or diarrhea) you should self –isolate and monitor yourself at home.  You can take Tylenol for fever, rest and drink plenty of fluids.  If you are experiencing more severe symptoms like:

  1. Difficulty breathing
  2. Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  3. New confusion or inability to arouse
  4. Bluish lips, face or nailbeds

You should go to the nearest Emergency Room.

Stopping the spread of the virus is very important and the new recommendations state that social isolation, (avoiding large crowds) is one of the best ways to decrease the spread.  The new recommendation is avoiding crowds where there will be more than 10 people.  Other ways to stop the spread of this virus include:

  1. Wash your hands for 20seconds with soap and water frequently
  2. Using alcohol sanitizer if soap and water not available (60% alcohol)
  3. Cover your cough or sneeze with tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  4. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your elbow
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  6. Avoid close contact with people that are sick
  7. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
  8. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

 

RMC, RMA and the Lighthouse welcome your questions anytime. RMA logo If you need to contact Rice Medical Center or the Lighthouse call 979-234-5571.  If you need to speak with someone at Rice Medical Associates call 979-234-2551 for Eagle Lake, and 979-335-4433 for East Bernard.