Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mary Greeley Medical Center has taken a number of steps in response to growing concerns about novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care physician.

Posted: March 3, 2020

Updated: August 31, 2020 - 9:40am

Story County Test Iowa Clinic

Opens Monday, Aug. 31, in Ames.

Process for Testing

Process for Testing at Story County's Test Iowa Clinic

Anyone desiring a test must first take the online Test Iowa assessment. The assessment is available at www.testiowa.com. After doing the assessment and qualifying for a test, choose “Additional Options” in the first listing of Test Iowa locations, then choose “Local Clinics.” The Story County Test Iowa Clinic will be in this listing.

You will be provided a QR code that you will need to bring to your appointment at the Test Iowa Clinic. To schedule an appointment after qualifying for a test, call 800-866-3492. You must have an appointment to be tested at the Story County Test Iowa Clinic.

The Story County Test Iowa Clinic, which is managed by Mary Greeley Medical Center, is at the ISU Research Park, 2503 S. Loop Dr. It will be a drive-through clinic.

We realize some people don’t drive or have their own personal transportation and may have to “walk up” to the clinic. This is perfectly acceptable but please remember that you must qualify for a test via the Test Iowa website (testiowa.com), have an appointment and come to the clinic with the QR code provided by the Test Iowa website. There will be a chair in the tent area where people who don’t drive to the clinic are tested.

Several organizations have played a role in getting the clinic set up in Ames, including Mary Greeley, Story County, the city of Ames, Iowa State University, Story County Medical Center, McFarland Clinic, and Primary Health Care Clinic.

CURRENT VISITOR POLICY: NO VISITORS

EFFECTIVE JUNE 26, 2020

FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR PATIENTS, FAMILIES AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS, MARY GREELEY MEDICAL CENTER WILL RESTRICT ALL VISITORS.

Only the following exceptions will be allowed:

  • One support person for laboring mom
  • Parents of NICU patients
  • Two parents/guardians of patient under the age of 18
  • Patients who are at the end-of-life (2 visitors), have altered mental status (1 visitor), or developmental delays (1 visitor)
  • Patients with mobility concerns who have appointments in outpatient units (1 visitor)
Visitors & Staff will be screened at entrances.

Visitors allowed under these exceptions must wear a mask at all times, practice good hand hygiene, and follow all appropriate personal protective equipment protocols.

Visitor & Staff Screening

Mary Greeley Medical Center is screening visitors as they enter the hospital’s facilities starting Wednesday, March 18.

The screenings are intended to ensure the safety of patients, visitors and staff.

The screenings will be conducted by trained staff at all entrances to medical center.

UPDATE: March 22, 2020
Following Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Public Health’s announcement of revised public isolation recommendations, Mary Greeley Medical Center will ask visitors if they or anyone in their household has traveled outside of Iowa in the last 14 days or if they have been in close proximity to anyone who is positive for COVID-19. This will be part of a screening process Mary Greeley has had in place at entrances for the past week. Visitors who answer “yes” either of these questions will be asked to return home, self-isolate and contact their primary care physician. They will not be allowed in the hospital.

Visitors will have their temperatures taken and will be asked to answer questions about their current health status.

Mary Greeley staff will also be screened as they enter the building.

Entrances Closing

Some entrances to the building will be temporarily closed or have reduced hours. The skywalk entrance from the parking ramp will close. At present, the main lobby and Emergency Department entrances will remain open at all hours.

Donations

Mary Greeley COVID-19 Support Fund

Make a Donation

Food Donations (homemade food not accepted)

Accepted 6:00 am – 7:00 pm daily
Call Dietary at 515-239-2173 to arrange delivery

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

PPE such as gloves, masks, gowns and eye protection should be delivered to the Story County Public Health office at 1114 Duff Ave, Ames, IA, Monday-Friday between 8 am - 4:30 pm. These items will not be accepted at the medical center.

Handmade Masks

We continue to have a need for face masks and have a NEW PATTERN to help us better meet our long-term needs. The new pattern should be easier to follow and faster to make.

Visit www.mgmc.org/foundation for the pattern details.

Deliveries accepted at the North Entrance only, located just south of McFarland Clinic’s east entrance
Only accepted Mon – Fri 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Questions call: 515-239-2210

Other Donations or Questions

Call the Foundation at 515-239-2147
Office hours: Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Valet Temporarily Closed

We have temporarily suspended valet parking. This decision was made to help ensure patient, visitor and staff safety during the COVID-19 crisis. People who come to the medical center will need to self-park in the parking ramp.

COVID-19 Recommendations for People with Diabetes

The CDC has determined that COVID-19 is a serious public health threat—and older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions, including diabetes, are at a higher risk of experiencing complications and getting very sick from it.

See what people with diabetes need to know.

Classes & Events Cancellations

A number of Mary Greeley classes and programs, including Prime Time Alive presentations, child birth education classes, Birthways tours and Big Brother, Big Sister programs, have been cancelled due to infection control concerns. Before you plan to attend any class or program at Mary Greeley in the coming weeks, please ensure that it is still being offered. The best way to do this would be to email yourhealth.mgmc@mgmc.com.

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Supplies

Supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, masks and gowns, are being closely monitored. Critical diagnostic and medical equipment is also being monitored. Shortages are expected and conservation measures that respect patient and staff safety have been put in place across the medical center. PLEASE NOTE: We have received inquiries about purchasing PPE from the medical center. All our supplies are intended for patient care. We do not sell PPE.

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) & Other Partners

Mary Greeley Medical Center provides Story County Public Health services and is working closely with IDPH on the response to the coronavirus. If we are investigating a potential COVID-19 case, we will work with IDPH to complete a thorough clinical assessment, determine whether lab specimens are to be collected, and the need for further monitoring or self-quarantine. We are also in contact, as needed, with officials from Ames, Story County, the local school district and Iowa State University.

Response Team

An emergency response team is meeting regularly to ensure proper planning is in place and respond to any new developments. Dr. Daniel Fulton, McFarland Clinic infectious disease specialist, is doing presentations on the virus for medical center and clinic staff.

Medical Center Staff

The health and safety of our staff is vital to the health and safety of our community. Staff are trained in prevention measures when treating patients who have potentially infectious conditions. We will also use special signage on patient rooms when investigating a potential or confirmed case of an infectious disease. This signage alerts all staff – nursing, dietary, environmental services – of prevention measures that should be taken before entering the room. Mary Greeley also actively promotes hand hygiene for hospital staff.

Questions

If you have any questions about COVID-19 or Mary Greeley’s preparations, please email them to yourhealth.mgmc@mgmc.com.

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