Addlesperger Updates Hospital Board on Coronavirus

Dr. John Addlesperger updated the hospital board on preparations for coronavirus at the board's meeting Wednesday. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)

Sheridan Memorial Hospital staff will meet with county health officials Thursday and with officials at the Sheridan VA Medical Center on Friday in an ongoing effort to be ready to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Dr. John Addlesperger, who’s Memorial Hospital’s chief medical officer, presented a coronavirus update to hospital trustees at their meeting Wednesday. He said the meeting at the VA will include a tabletop exercise to firm up response.

Addlesperger said a group of medical staff leaders on Monday discussed Wyoming Department of Health guidelines and procedures and identified some things that need to happen in dealing with coronavirus as well as hospital resources.

Board Chairman David Smith listens to Dr. Addlesperger’s report. (Photo by Pat Blair)

He said work is being done to get a hospital preparedness plan in place. He said the goal is to make sure that the hospital has everything needed to take care of those people who have coronavirus.

County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hunter, who is Memorial Hospital’s chief of staff, said Sheridan should have a pretty low risk of coronavirus.

He said this is a new type of coronavirus and the mortality from the disease worldwide appears to be around 2 or 3 percent. He said the best thing to do to avoid the spread of the disease is wash your hands.

Dr. Addlesperger said the people at greatest risk from the disease are those with compromised immune systems, chronic diseases and older people.

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1 year ago

Thank you for these timely updates on Coronavirus. They help keep our community prepared, and healthy by informing us regularly. Eat right, get the rest you need, and keep things clean. If we’re not sure, we know who to call!