Med Staff Update

JULY EDITION

Staff Masking Guidelines

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EEH has begun allowing vaccinated staff and physicians/APPs throughout Edward-Elmhurst Health to go mask-free on a voluntary basis in well-defined areas of the workplace by obtaining a special sticker for their name badge.

We have identified the following well-defined areas of the workplace where there is no reasonable expectation that any person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 will be present:

  • EEH Corporate Center (allowed to go mask-free if vaccinated as of June 21)
  • Edward Hospital Education Center
  • Edward Hospital South Annex
  • Edward and Elmhurst Hospital Administrative office suites
  • Private office areas systemwide
  • Meeting and conference rooms systemwide

Masks are still required in all public and patient facing areas systemwide and any area outside of those clearly defined areas in the bullets above. Employees and physicians/APPs who are not fully vaccinated are still required to wear face coverings.

All staff and physicians/APPs should continue to wear masks:

  • In all clinical areas
  • In areas where patients/visitors may be present (hallways, lobbies, cafeterias)
  • When entering any EEH building except the Corporate Center
  • Coming into the Education Center from the parking garage (including the parking garage elevators and stairwells)
  • Walking in the hallways in the Education Center
  • Back hallways and common areas adjacent to meeting rooms at Elmhurst Hospital

Any staff members and physicians/APPs throughout the system who have been fully vaccinated may stop at one of the following locations through next Friday, July 30 and pick up a sticker to be placed on their identification badge. No one can pick up a sticker for another staff member.

Sticker distribution locations Monday, July 26 through Friday, July 30

Edward Hospital
North and South Lobbies
8 am to 4 pm

Elmhurst Hospital
East Lobby
8 am to 4 pm

Staff and employed physicians/APPs are encouraged to bring a copy of their vaccination card, especially if you were vaccinated somewhere other than the Edward-Elmhurst Health vaccination clinics. If your name is not on the EEH employee vaccination list because you were vaccinated outside of EEH, you will need to leave a copy of your vaccination card and sign an attestation and a COVID Release of Information so we can enter your information into our system (signing the COVID Release of Information is not mandatory). Please note: Any contracted or independent providers will NOT be on the vaccine list and will need to provide proof of vaccine, sign the attestation and the ROI.

For anyone who would still like to be vaccinated click here. For those with a MyChart, simply sign in, look for the COVID-19 Vaccine Schedule box and click “Schedule Now.”

We are also offering the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 one-dose vaccine at the Lombard Immediate Care, 130 S. Main Street to anyone 18 years of age and older. No appointment is needed, however if you show up at end of the day there may not be any open doses available. Lombard Immediate Care hours are Monday-Friday, 8 am to 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 4 pm.

For any further questions on masking or vaccinations, please send an email to coronavirus@EEHealth.org.

Edward-Elmhurst Health Walk-In Clinics Update

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Jewel-Osco Walk-In Clinics in North Naperville, Romeoville, and Woodridge have all permanently closed.

Providing care in the grocery store setting during COVID-19 proved to be even more challenging than providing care in a typical clinic setting.

This coupled with our continual evaluation and optimization of our ambulatory footprint has led to the decision that we can provide more efficient care in new or current locations.

Existing sites that re-opened on July 1

  • Aurora Walk-In Clinic located at 1222 N. Eola Rd.
  • Naperville Jewel-Osco Walk-In Clinic located at 2855 W. 95th St.

New locations opened in early July

  • On July 1, a new Walk-In Clinic opened in Crest Hill, located at 16151 Weber Road, Suite 201. Hours for this location: Monday – Friday 8 am – 7:30 pm; Sat/Sun 9 am – 4:30 pm.
  • On July 6, another new Walk-In Clinic opened at the Downers Grove location, which currently offers COVID-19 testing and vaccines, located at 2205 Butterfield Road. Hours for this location: Monday – Friday, 6:30 am – 6:30 pm; Sat/Sun 6:30 am – 2:30 pm.

Finally, in October the new Edward-Elmhurst Health Center - Woodridge will open and will include a Walk-In Clinic, lab and imaging – providing more comprehensive service offerings for the previous Woodridge Jewel-Osco patients.

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Nursing Leadership Appointments

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EEH is pleased to announce the appointment of the AVP/Chief Nursing Officers at both Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital.

Patricia (Trish) Fairbanks has been named AVP/CNO for Edward Hospital. Trish has been a member of the Edward-Elmhurst Health organization since 2002 when she joined Linden Oaks Hospital as Clinical Manager of Adult Services. She has also served in the roles of Director Adult & Eating Disorder Services, Director Specialty Services, Chief Nursing Officer, and was named AVP/Chief Nursing Officer of Linden Oaks in 2017. Prior to joining Edward-Elmhurst Health, Trish worked for the University of Kentucky Hospital, Charter Behavioral Health Systems, Good Samaritan Hospital (Kentucky) and JB Haggin Memorial Hospital. Her prior experience includes leadership roles in behavioral health, adult inpatient services and pediatrics.

Marcella (Marcie) Lafido has been named AVP/CNO for Elmhurst Hospital. Marcie has been with Edward-Elmhurst Health since 1995 when she joined Elmhurst Hospital as a staff nurse in the cardiovascular unit. She has served in several roles at Elmhurst Hospital including Clinical Coordinator Cardiovascular Services, APN/Clinical Nurse Specialist, Manager of Clinical Integration, Director of Case Management and Clinical Integration and was named System Director Case Management and Utilization Review for Edward-Elmhurst Health in 2017. Prior to joining Elmhurst Hospital, she worked as an oncology nurse at Swedish American Hospital.

Trish and Marcie moved into their new positions on July 1, 2021, during which time Jean Lydon also moved into the newly created role of Chief Nursing Executive for Edward-Elmhurst Health.

By putting this new nursing leadership structure in place, we will further our ability to systematize nursing operations across our health system. Both Trish and Marcie will continue to maintain some functions in their current roles until their replacements are identified.

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Access trauma presentations - CEUs available

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If you missed one of the recent presentations on traumatic experiences and psychological trauma in healthcare providers, you can access them now in HealthStream.

For more information, click here.

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Post-COVID Neuro Care Clinic

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Our team of neurology experts have established the Edward-Elmhurst Health Post-COVID Neuro Care Clinic.

This clinic is designed to support our patients’ recovery by thoroughly evaluating and managing your symptoms.

Treatment varies by individual, depending on their unique situation and symptoms.

Patients may also receive referrals to other specialists on our multidisciplinary team, such as cardiologists, dietitians, gastroenterologists, nephrologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, pulmonologists, among others.

Our goal is to help ease their symptoms or resolve them when possible, so they can put COVID-19 behind them and move forward with life.

For more information on our new POST-COVID Neuro Care Clinic program, click here.

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Annual AHA Heart Walk 2021

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The American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) Metro Chicago Heart Walk is back in 2021 and Edward-Elmhurst Health is pleased to participate once again.

With the recent move to Phase 5 in Illinois, AHA is offering two in-person Heart Walk events (Chicago and suburban) along with a virtual option September 24-26.

This fun experience will include many Heart Walk favorites, plus the flexibility of walking at an in-person event OR virtually – when and where it is most convenient for you. There will be an opportunity to track your steps and compete against other teams and organizations using the improved Heart Walk app.

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Jumpstart Your Health empowers participants to make lifelong changes

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Click here to read a patient success story and find out more about the Jumpstart Your Health program.

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