April 2, 2021, Letter to Families and Friends

This season of hope finds us committed to staying ahead of COVID-19 and will follow guidance from Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Department of Health (DOH), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for guidance on our facility’s reopening plans.   Thank you to all family members who joined us on the Zoom call earlier this week to discuss changes coming on our visitation guidelines.

We are updating policies and procedures to reflect Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and DOH guidance and you may resume visiting your loved ones more frequently as we continue to advance our policies. Our county continues to be in the yellow zone with a 7.8% positivity rate, so we need to be cautious in our advancement. This week we have increased the time length and number of visits slots for our 1st floor neutral area locations to 45 minutes.  Last week we changed from floor specific to open scheduling slots. Please see the attached visitation summary.

Visitors are asked to comply with our infection control protocols to maintain their safety and the safety of their loved ones and staff

  • Screening
  • Eye protection in resident care areas
  • Masking is required
  • Social distancing
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Visits are limited to a loved one in the designated area

We will continue routine testing for staff weekly on Mondays as our county remains yellow and, in the event of any new positive results, modified visitation restrictions will be implemented and there will be immediate notifications of changes to visitation schedules.

To schedule a  visit that are scheduled by calling Mary Ryan at  570-344-6177 ext.
1104. Mary  is   available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. or by email:
mryan@jhep.org

Our staff testing completed this past week returned all negative results. All of our zones remain green except for our designated 4th floor yellow zone for returning and newly admitted residents.

Our Facility’s Resident Impact (Since March 30, 2020, through April 1, 2021)

0 – Residents currently in our building with a confirmed active case of COVID 19

56 – CONFIRMED: Residents with laboratory positive COVID-19

0 – SUSPECTED: Residents with new suspected COVID-19

52 – Confirmed Staff Total: with a positive COVID-19

  • Please note that test results are reported on our daily call-in line at 570-207-6711.  Family members and all others impacted by the virus will be contacted directly and provided with results and updates.

Other News

We have a new Clinical Director for second and third floor and we have a new Admission Nurse role. To clarify resident responsibilities with these roles, I thought I’d update you to whom you should  communicate with initially regarding any questions or concerns you may have.

Sheila Griffiths, Clinical Director, 2nd and 3rd floor. Her phone extension is 1134.

Nancy Harris, Clinical Director, 4th and 5th floor. Her phone extension is 1133.

Kathy Chellino, Admission Nurse, Yellow Isolation Unit during resident quarantine period.

Her phone extension is 1136.

You can always find phone listing and supervisory staff information on our website if you need to reach out to us as well.

Happy Passover and Happy Easter to all celebrating this weekend.

Thank you again for entrusting with the care of your loved ones. If you have any questions, we are always available for you.

Sincerely,

Mary Rose Applegate, MBA, RD, NHA

Administrator

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Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania
1101 Vine St.
Scranton, PA 18510
570-344-6177

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