It will assist in the care & reocvery of coronavirus patients.
Frederick, Md (KM) The Ballenger Creek Center will temporarily convert to a COVID-19 post acute care center. The facility says in a statement it’s taking this action to assist hospitals which are inundated with coronavirus patients. It will assist in the care and recovery of persons with COVID-19.
“As Frederick Health prepared for a surge of COVID-19 patients requiring hospital care, it was critical that we work together to determine how best to care for COVID-19 patients across the continuum,” says Heather Kirby, Frederick Health Vice President, Integrated Care Delivery, in a statement. “Ballenger Creek Center immediately engaged in conversations with Frederick Health to creatively think about how we as a community, could work together to avoid a situation where we have hospitalized patients who are ready for discharge to a skilled care facility, with no place to go. We are pleased with Ballenger Creek Center’s decision to transition to a COVID-19 positive patient facility. The Center will provide a much-needed resource in our care continuum, providing well-trained and equipped staff and ensuring our patients and our community receive excellent care close to to home. We are thankful for the quick work of this center to create this much needed resource in our community during this unprecedented time.”
“As we treat increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients, it is clear that patients require ongoing care even after they have sufficiently improved to be discharged from the hospital,” contained Kathy J. Weischaar, MD, Frederick Health Vice President, Medical Affairs, in a statement. “For some patients, post-hospital needs are significant and are best accomplished in a skilled nursing facility. Through the efforts of Ballenger Creek Center, our providers care be confident that CVOID-19 positive patients will continue to receive high-quality care after their hospitalization, resulting in a more rapid return to their regular activities. I applaud the Center for their leadership, innovation and efforts to preserve our ability to deliver high-quality post-acute care during these historic, unprecedented times.”
The Center will start admitting coronavirus patients on Monday, May 18th.
The facility located at 347 Ballenger Center Drive, is a post hospital rehabilitation and long term care center.
By Kevin McManus