May 29, 2020
On Friday, May 29, 2020 Norman Regional Health System updated its visitor policy. This update mirrors the “Open Up and Recover Safely” plan introduced by Gov. Kevin Stitt.
Starting the afternoon of Friday, May 29, patients can now designate a “patient representative”. This patient representative is an adult (18 years of age or older) designated by the patient who need not be a formal legal representative, but rather someone whom the patient seeks emotional support from and who the patient may seek assistance with decision making in considering care options.
The hours for the patient representative to be in our facilities will be between 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. However, Emergency Department, OB, Pediatrics, and NICU Patient Representatives will have 24-hour visitation.
May 15, 2020
For your safety and ours, please bring a facemask or face covering with you when you enter a Norman Regional (NRHS) location. Masks, scarves, bandanas or other facial coverings are all good options to wear to our facilities. You can read more information and also find instructions on how to make your own mask by clicking here.
May 12, 2020
Norman Regional continues to update its social media channels. Recent additions include a Thank You video from our healers to the community (watch it here), a video update from President and CEO Richie Splitt and quotes from our physicians about the safety of our facilities. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
May 8, 2020
Norman Regional now has the ability to perform in-house COVID-19 testing. Beginning Friday at 7 a.m., patients may now be tested on admission. Symptomatic patients will continue to go to the COVID units. Asymptomatic patients will be admitted to the unit with the appropriate level of care.
May 7, 2020
Norman Regional is now offering free serology/antibody testing for all employees who we call healers and medical staff. Testing began on Thursday, May 7.
May 6, 2020
Norman Regional has launched Virtual Visiting Rooms for patients and loved ones to connect during this pandemic. Seeing and hearing from family and friends can provide patients with additional support and motivation. Our nursing team will work with a patient and their loved one to inform them about the Virtual Visiting Rooms which are hosted through WebEx. The Virtual Visiting Rooms can be accessed on our web site NormanRegional.com in the COVID section or by clicking here.
May 5, 2020
New donation drop off location - The community drop off PPE donation items has been moved to the South Entrance of Norman Regional Hospital, 901 N. Porter Ave. Drop offs are welcome Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2 to 4 p.m. More information about items can be found at www.NRHFoundation.org.
May 4, 2020
Norman Regional wants to reassure patients that it is safe to come to our facilities to get the treatment they need. Our patients’ safety is our top priority. To share that message with the community, Norman Regional produced a 30-second television commercial. Click here to watch it. It features our very own healers! It began airing Monday, May 4 on local TV stations 4, 5 and 9. You will also see the commercial on YouTube and Facebook.
May 1, 2020
The NRHS Breast Care Center will resume limited services starting Monday, May 4. In an effort to provide the utmost care for patient safety, the following conditions have been put into place:
The clinic will limit the number of mammogram exams each day to allow for social distancing.
There will be no more than 4 people in the waiting room at all times.
Intensified cleaning processes in all areas of the center and will continue to monitor everyone who comes in for fever and other symptoms.
Patients will wait in their cars until called by clinic to enter.
Patients will be encouraged to bring their own mask or face covering. If you do not have a mask of your own, please let a member of our team know.
No visitors allowed.
The Moore Breast Care Center will remain closed until June 1.
Imaging Services continue to remain open (with additional safety and social distancing measures in place) with the exception of heart and lung scans, carotid ultrasound screening and whole body scans. We hope to resume these services in June.
April 30, 2020
As the state begins to reopen, visitor restrictions, including no hospital visitors for adult patients, are still in place, to protect our patients. The visitor restrictions are set according to guidelines in Gov. Kevin Stitt's Open Up & Recover Safely plan and Norman Mayor Breea Clark's Healthier at Home plan. As of now, the earliest visitor restrictions may be lifted will be in June. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this difficult time.
Click here to learn more about our visitor restrictions and alternative methods to virtual visit your loved one.
April 29, 2020
For your safety and ours, wear a mask.
To protect our patients and those caring for you, cloth masks must be worn inside Norman Regional facilities including waiting rooms by all people.
Bring your mask with you when coming to any of our facilities for tests or treatment. Protect our healthcare workers by wearing a mask, just as you would anywhere outside your home.
If you do not have your own mask, ask a Norman Regional team member for one.
Norman Regional is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization guidelines for wearing masks in public settings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Other safety measures we are taking include reducing the number of people in our waiting rooms and adding visual markers to demonstrate social distancing requirements.
Masks are not required for the following people:
- Those with respiratory issues such as COPD who cannot tolerate wearing a mask.
- Children under 2 years old.
April 24, 2020
Elective surgeries that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are allowed to resume today, after an announcement from Gov. Kevin Stitt earlier this week.
Norman Regional is focusing on how to keep patients and employees safe with the return of elective surgeries. Read our blog to learn more about the safety measures in place.
April 23, 2020
As Oklahoma enters its severe weather season, it is important to remember that our hospitals including Norman Regional Hospital, the Norman Regional HealthPlex and Norman Regional Moore are not public storm shelters. Currently, visitors are not permitted at any of our facilities in order to protect our patients and team members from the spread of COVID-19. Our primary goal remains to keep our patients and healers safe. We thank the community for their understanding.
Update April 20, 2020
If you are a resident of Norman, the Mayor and City Council would like your feedback on reopening businesses and public facilities in the community. The Mayor’s stay-at-home order is set to expire on Thursday, April 30 and with this date in mind, feedback from residents is crucial to the decision that begins the process of returning to normal business within our community.
The survey asks for the ward in which you reside and feedback on extension of the stay-at-home order, phased approach of reopening and the effectiveness of social distancing. Deadline for submittal is noon Tuesday, April 21. Please click here to take the survey.
The following link provides more information about the City of Norman and its response to COVID-19. www.coronavirus.normanok.gov
Update April 17, 2020
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced that elective surgeries can resume on Friday, April 24. Our team is working diligently to ensure the safety of our patients and healers as we welcome surgery patients back. The surgical committee is meeting Tuesday, April 21 to vote on the criteria for low-risk, urgent cases.
The City of Norman and the Norman Regional Foundation are encouraging people in our community to wear blue to support and thank frontline and essential workers! You can join by wearing blue on Fridays and using the hashtag #FrontlineFridays!
Update April 16, 2020
The American Heart Association is reporting that due to COVID-19 the nation has seen a decrease in the number of emergent heart attack and stroke patients. It can be a problem because the community is afraid to seek help. Norman Regional is joining the Heart Association in sharing information about the importance of seeking care in an emergency. Emergencies don’t stop for COVID-19; certain heart and stroke symptoms require immediate medical intervention, and every second matters. For more information please visit the American Heart Association's web site by clicking here.
Update April 15, 2020
The OSDH is partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) and MyCare to offer services to clients who may find themselves in crisis. Local county health departments at 81 sites will have access to iPads designed to assist clients who may be in mental health distress during the COVID-19 crisis. The MyCare application is setup on electronic tablets provided to local health departments as a quick resource for immediate assistance from behavioral health specialists enlisted by the ODMHSAS through the telehealth format. As an additional resource to the public, the disaster distress helpline is available by calling 1-800-985-5990. For more information about COVID-19, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.
Update April 3, 2020
Based on new guidance from the CDC, our guidelines on the wearing of masks inside our facilities and clinics has changed on Friday, April 3. Please click here for the newest CDC recommendations.
Update April 2, 2020
Norman Regional’s physician/healthcare provider referral line has been modified to be answered by a Norman Regional healer from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Anyone seeking a healthcare provider can call 405-515-5000 to be matched with one.
Norman Regional’s Senior Counseling Center is contacting patients who have been screened and identified as at risk for depression while being testing for COVID-19.
Update March 27, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect Norman, the need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is growing at Norman Regional Health System. The Norman Chamber of Commerce has formed a donation collection program and is calling upon its members and the public to come together as a community to meet the hospital’s needs.
The Chamber, in partnership with NRHS Foundation and Cleveland County, has set up a donation drop off location for individuals to donate the below listed priority items.
- PAPR Hood 3M Model S-133S-5
- N95 Masks
- Surgical/Isolation Masks
- Protective Isolation Gowns/Ponchos
- Super Sani-Cloth Germicidal Disposable Wipes by PDI Model Q55172
- Temporal Scanner Thermometers
- Protective Eyewear
- Mini-tipped Swabs: Submitted in UTM or VTM only, individually packaged as sterile, DNA free, and RNA free
- Virex Plus Diversey
- Germicidal Bleach4 Clorox
- Face Shields/Clear & Protects Face
- Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
Please drop off items at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson Ave., at the south side of the arena, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 3 to 5 p.m.
For more information and useful resources, visit bit.ly/ChamberCOVID19.
Update March 22, 2020
In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Norman Regional Health System, along with four other health systems in the Oklahoma City metro, announced a new update to visitation policies.
Effective at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, Norman Regional Health System, is no longer permitting visitors for adult patients.
Also effective March 23, due to the special considerations for children’s care and labor and delivery care, one permitted, hospital visitor is allowed to accompany a child or labor and delivery patient to an appointment. This person must be over the age of 18, including siblings.
High level critical care, trauma, palliative care, hospice and adult patients requiring assistance from a guardian or caregiver will be addressed on a case-by-case basis regarding visitation.
Norman Regional is asking visitors who may be sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms not visit the hospital unless they are seeking medical treatment.
Update March 19, 2020
As we continue working together to safeguard Oklahoma’s health care workers, patients and community from the spread of COVID-19, five hospitals in the greater Oklahoma City metro area have decided to postpone elective, non-urgent surgical procedures. Those hospitals include:
- Norman Regional Health System (includes Norman Regional Hospital and HealthPlex campus)
- Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City
- OU Medicine
- SSM Health St. Anthony
Elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures are those that can be rescheduled to a future time and will not significantly impact the patient’s health.
This decision to postpone these surgeries was not taken lightly, given the fact that it will inconvenience patients and impact the co-workers and providers who serve in a surgical capacity. Postponing elective procedures that are safe to delay will protect patients and providers while helping hospitals preserve supplies of personal protective equipment and provide capacity for critically ill patients.
Emergent and urgent surgeries and procedures will continue and include cases that should be done right away or within a 4-week time period because delaying the surgery could negatively affect the patient’s health. In consultation with patients, providers will determine the best course of action to reschedule their procedures in order to meet the patient’s specific health needs.
Hospitals will begin contacting patients as their cases become eligible for potential postponement.
Update March 17, 2020
Norman Regional is doing everything we can to keep our patients, physicians and healers safe. Here are a few of the actions we have taken:
- Suspended students and volunteers from coming to our facilities
- Closed the dining areas in our cafeterias and limiting offerings to to-go or self-service items
- Closed our employee fitness centers