Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Bi-Weekly Update, July 28, 2020.

July 28, 2020

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Bi-Weekly Update, July 28, 2020.

LUDINGTON — Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital provides a bi-weekly community update regarding activities and current information. Some content will be related to the COVID-19 pandemic as new information becomes available or changes occur. Other content will be general information related to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

For the latest COVID-19 information, visit spectrumhealth.org/covid-19. The dashboard below reflects the 16-county region served by Spectrum Health. Local information can be found on the District Health Department #10 web site at www.dhd10.org.

As of Monday, July 27, 2020:

COVID-19 positive cases. There have been 83 confirmed cases in Mason County, 440 in Oceana County, 30 in Manistee County and 15 in Lake County. Confirmed cases are reported through the District Health Department No. 10. There have been 5,497 specimens collected at Ludington Hospital, with 1,582 of those tested in the Ludington Hospital laboratory and the remainder tested at the Spectrum Health laboratory in Grand Rapids. Of those tested, 264 have had a positive result through 7.23.20. Since results are not yet back for tests since then, we cannot provide a percentage of positive results for total specimens collected.

COVID-19 testing. Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is conducting COVID-19 testing in a new location on the hospital campus. Testing is available seven days a week between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the North parking lot off Lawndale Street. Our outpatient testing allows patients to remain in their vehicle. An appointment is required. Please visit this link for directions on calling the COVID-19 hotline or scheduling an appointment from your MyHealth account, which is now accessed through MyChart in the Spectrum Health app: https://www.spectrumhealth.org/covid19/myhealth-screening.

Walk-In clinic relocated. The Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Walk-In Clinic has moved to 922 Lawndale Avenue in Ludington, located within the Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Family Medicine clinic. This is a permanent location change for the Walk-In Clinic. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Evening and Saturday hours will start again soon.

Brett Martin, DO, joins Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital and Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial. Dr. Brett Martin is a new sports medicine orthopedic physician who has joined both Ludington Hospital and Gerber Memorial orthopedic clinics. Locally, Dr. Martin is working with R. Joseph Grierson, DO, and Eric Detloff, PA-C. Dr. Martin will provide non-operative management of sports- or trauma-related injuries, acute and chronic joint pain, osteoarthritis, concussion care, fracture care and preventive medicine, helping patients achieve optimal health through exercise, diet and lifestyle changes.

Laboratory hours have changed: The Ludington Hospital laboratory has expanded its hours to better accommodate patients. Outpatient testing is now available from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. We ask all patients to please plan lab testing within these hours.

TOAST challenge. Join Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Foundation for a virtual toast to our health care teams, patients and community members throughout the month of August. Champagne. Milk. Ice cream. Coffee. Wine. Water. Black tie attire at the beach. At the breakfast table eating avocado toast. You name it. Get creative—there will be a prize for the most creative toast. Post a TOAST video using the hashtag #SHToastChallenge beginning August 1. Challenge others and donate to the Spectrum Health Foundation Ludington Hospital to help us address health disparities in our own community. Watch for more details coming soon.

Virtual waiting rooms. Spectrum Health has begun an initiative to reduce the number of people in waiting rooms in the hospital and in its primary and specialty care clinics. This effort will help keep patients safer to promote greater social distancing. Patients will call or text their locations upon arrival and complete a virtual check-in using their phone. Patients will remain in their vehicle until they are contacted to enter the building. The virtual waiting room process will be rolled out across Spectrum Health in phases with most locations ready by the end of August.

Wear. Wait. Wash. Wearing a face mask when out in public, waiting at least 6 feet away from others and washing your hands will help keep everyone safer and help stop the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for doing your part.