FHN Leaders Talk About Welcoming, Safeguarding Patients

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The latest weekly video update from FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley, MBA, FACHE on the organization’s COVID-19 preparations highlights the steps being taken to prevent the spread of the virus.

Gridley and FHN Infection Preventionist Margie Kochsmier, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CIC, talk about the many precautions FHN is taking to protect patients and staff during the COVID-19 epidemic and beyond. It’s more than extra cleaning: FHN has made changes in how patients are welcomed into and navigated through the hospital and clinics, to staff scheduling, removing what could be points of infection spread like water fountains and tabletop condiments in the café.

Gridley also shares an update on FHN’s readiness to welcome patients back for non-COVID-19 treatments and procedures.

The video, along with all of the previous weeks’ videos, is available on FHN’s COVID-19 information site, www.fhn.org/coronavirus.

FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,200 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 19 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit www.fhn.org.

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