Effective: Wednesday, April 1, until further notice
To help reduce the spread of respiratory illness, HCA Midwest Health has restricted all non-essential visitors. We will allow exceptions for:
- One parent or guardian for pediatric patients
- One parent or guardian for neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) babies
- One support person for labor and delivery patients
- One support person for patients with disabilities or impairments warranting assistance
- One support person/driver for patients in outpatient surgery
- One support person for critically ill patients who may be at end of life
Please note that any individual granted an exception who screens positive will not be allowed in our facilities.
We understand that this policy is difficult for patients and visitors. However, we must make these new restrictions out of an abundance of caution to keep our patients and caregivers as safe as possible.
Thank you for your support.
Patient access and parking:
All patients can enter the hospital through one of three access points and will be screened before entering the facility:
- Main ER
- Pediatric ER
- Medical Plaza West
Parking is available in the hospital parking garage and surrounding parking lots. Valet parking is suspended at this time.
ER of Shawnee and ER of Olathe temporarily closed
On Wednesday, April, 1, 2020 at 7:00am, the ER of Shawnee and ER of Olathe free standing emergency departments will temporarily suspend operations. This will allow for consolidation of staff and supplies at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center main campus as we manage through the current COVID-19 Pandemic. At this time we are planning on re-opening the ERs on May 1, 2020.
As of this time, we will no longer be doing pre admission paperwork in the hospital and have suspended tours. The Maternity Navigators will be doing individual phone meetings to do as much as possible over the phone. At this time, you can still schedule an appointment online and your appointment will take place by phone.
Pediatric Respiratory Clinic
As of Friday, March 20, Overland Park Regional Medical Center will not accept any new Pediatric Respiratory Clinic referrals, in concordance with the current recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control. In an effort to reduce potential exposure and protect our patients, families, and staff the services offered through our Pediatric Respiratory Clinic will be suspended. We plan to reoffer these services as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Cancelled and reschedule events:
We are joining other HCA Healthcare hospitals around the country in evaluating all non-essential community events that are scheduled at our hospital. Overland Park Regional Medical Center has canceled all Healthy Arrivals maternity education courses through March 31. If you registered for a class, you will be reimbursed any class fees paid.
Please continue to check the calendar of events for the latest information.
At Overland Park Regional Medical Center, and across our HCA Healthcare network, we’re no stranger to threats. We deal with them daily.
With coronavirus (COVID-19), the safety of Overland Park Regional Medical Center patients and visitors remains our top priority. We regularly treat patients with infectious diseases and our clinical teams are highly trained in infection prevention protocols. Overland Park Regional Medical Center is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments in partnership with our local and state health departments and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and include:
- Shortness of breath
What can I do to protect myself and others?
Public health officials recommend the following steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often, using either soap and water or alcohol-based hand gel for at least 20 seconds
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
For additional information and ongoing updates on COVID-19, please refer to local and state health departments and the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) hub.
Frequently asked questions
- Stay home when you feel sick and avoid close contact with others who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth, because this is where viruses can enter.
- Always cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw that tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
No, the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms similar to a cold, including fever, runny nose and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported. Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at any higher risk or more susceptible to COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, infections in children are less common and adults make up most of the known cases to date.
Patients without symptoms or with mild to moderate symptoms will likely not be tested for the virus. A positive test does not change the course of the illness. It’s important to keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill should self- isolate, practice social distancing and care for themselves at home.
You might be tested for COVID-19 if you meet the criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, the CDC advises that clinicians should determine whether to order a test based on specific parameters. COVID-19 tests are not intended to be an assessment of your risk, but rather to confirm cases in symptomatic patients. If you are worried but don’t have symptoms, please stay home. Going to a doctor’s office or hospital adds to a higher concentration of people and further overwhelms the medical staff.
- Every patient, visitor and vendor is screened outside of our primary lobbies, ER entrances and loading docks.
- Points of entry to our facilities have been limited.
- As we often do during heavy influenza outbreaks, visitor restrictions have been instituted in patient care areas.
- We have done, and continue to do, deep cleaning throughout all of our care sites.
- Our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated to coordinate daily communication and response across all of our hospitals.
There is currently no Coronavirus related news at this time.