Elizabethtown, NY – The University of Vermont Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital will alter operating hours at three of its six community-based health centers in an effort to redirect care teams to its COVID-19 response. Regular business hours at the Crown Point and High Peaks Health Centers, and Saturday hours at the Elizabethtown Community Health Center, will be suspended.
“In an effort to reinforce social distancing and limit the spread of COVID-19,” said the UVM Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital Medical Director for Primary Care Dr. Rob Demuro, “we have postponed health center appointments that can be safely delayed, like routine check-ups. This helps protect our patients and allows our providers to focus on our COVID-19 response.”
Until regular operating hours resume, Crown Point and High Peaks Health Center patients can continue to receive care at the Au Sable Forks Health Center, Elizabethtown Community Health Center, Smith House Health Center in Willsboro, or Westport Health Center.
Hospital President John Remillard says telehealth options may also be available. “We are taking an innovative approach to delivering care during this pandemic,” said Mr. Remillard. “Right now, we are testing the tools we need to resume well checks by phone or computer. Telehealth is brand new for us and video visits will allow us to continue to support patients who are not in urgent need of care.”
The Crown Point Health Center Food Pantry will be available to the community Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 to 10:00 AM. The temporary health center and food pantry schedule change will be reassessed in the coming weeks to determine when it will be appropriate to return to normal operations.
Information on the UVM Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital health centers may be found online at: https://www.ech.org/Health-Centers/
About Elizabethtown Community Hospital
The University of Vermont Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital is a designated critical access hospital and the primary health care provider serving the 39,000 people who live, work and vacation in Essex County, NY and the surrounding region.
Elizabethtown Community Hospital is transforming rural health care at its main campus in Elizabethtown, NY, at a new emergency department and outpatient center at the former Moses Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga, NY, and at six community-based primary health care centers located throughout the region. The hospital is one of the community’s largest employers with 383 employees.
Across the Elizabethtown and Ticonderoga campuses, the hospital maintains two 24-hour emergency rooms, a 25-bed inpatient unit, physical therapy, laboratory, and digital radiology departments, and a variety of specialty physician clinics on a weekly and monthly basis.
Elizabethtown Community Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is licensed and certified by the New York State Department of Health and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
About The University of Vermont Health Network
The University of Vermont Health Network is an academic health system that is comprised of six affiliate hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and a home health agency. We serve the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives. Our partners include:
Our 4,000 health care professionals are driven to provide high quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our hospitals remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.