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Six Hospitals Announce Formation of Covenant Regional Thumb Network (CRTN)

Six Hospitals Announce Formation of Covenant Regional Thumb Network (CRTN) ~ The Covenant Regional Thumb Network (CRTN), a network of six independent hospitals, is pleased to announce its formation. The network is composed of Covenant HealthCare, located in Saginaw, and five critical access hospitals located throughout Michigan’s Thumb area including Deckerville Community Hospital, Harbor Beach Community Hospital, Hills & Dales General Hospital, Marlette Regional Hospital, and Scheurer Health. While CRTN formed in late 2018, these hospitals have been working together for more than a decade to ensure quality healthcare is available to patients in the Thumb.

Having an independent relationship with Covenant allows for a streamlined flow of resources and services that might not be available outside of a major metropolitan area. The partnership enables patients to choose a hospital close to home that best fits their needs while utilizing the capabilities and strengths of CRTN. Instead of losing their local hospital to an acquisition by a large hospital conglomerate, the Thumb communities have strengthened local hospitals.

The relationship among the Covenant Regional Thumb Network ensures that Thumb communities have an independent hospital close to home that they can continue to depend on for quality care. It provides the assurance that if there is a need for more advanced procedures, the appropriate care is delivered through the coordinated relationship that the Thumb hospitals have with Covenant.

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Visitor Restrictions for all MRH-Owned Facilities

We are updating our Visitor Restrictions to the following:

o Emergency Department –
▪ One designated visitor that must remain in the ED the whole time, once the visitor leaves, they will not be permitted to return until the patient is discharged.
▪ Pediatric patients under the age of 17, two healthy parents that must remain at the bedside.
▪ Extenuating circumstances such as critical care, possible end-of-life-state, will be handled case-by-case.
▪ Patients presenting with COVID symptoms-No visitors until the COVID test comes back negative. If it comes back positive the patient will continue to have no visitors.

o Surgical Services – one bed-side visitor that must remain in the patient’s room
▪ Pediatric patients under the age of 17 in any setting are allowed two parents/relatives to be present
o Inpatient, Observation, Swing Bed Patients –
▪ Two visitors per patient at a time that must stay in the patients room the whole time.
▪ Visitors ages 13 – 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
▪ Patients admitted that are COVID positive, No visitors in the COVID rooms.
▪ Extenuating circumstances such as critical care, possible end-of-life-state, will be handled case-by-case.

o Long-Term Care (LTC) – please contact the LTC at 989-635-4400o Hospice – Visitation shall be accommodated, please check in at the Hospice Residence Nurses Station.

o Outpatient Testing – only the patient, unless the patient is under the age of 17, then a parent may accompany
▪ Unless extenuating circumstances require a visitor to be present

o Outpatient Procedure with Sedation – one bed-side visitor that must remain in the patient’s room
▪ Pediatric patients under the age of 17 in any setting are allowed two parents/relatives to be present

o Physician Office Appointments – one visitor accompanying the patient
• ALL allowed visitors must pass health screening prior to visit and are required to wear a mask at all times for the duration of their visit. Visitors that fail to follow this requirement will be asked to leave.
• Visitor accommodations shall be flexible in all care settings for patients with physical or mental disabilities of any kind, including patients who are deaf, hard of hearing and / or blind.
• If more visitors present than are allowed to visit, the excess visitors will be asked to remain in their vehicle.
• All visitors will be required to socially distance themselves from the patient, other visitors and all staff.
We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 activity in our area along with the surrounding communities and updating patient visitation accordingly and / or as allowed by state and federal regulations.


UPDATED HOSPITAL VISITATION
6.13.2022 @ 12:00 pm
2770 Main Street | Marlette, MI 48453 | 989-635-4000 | marletteregionalhospital.org