Hudson Regional Hospital says they’re ready and able to treat non-COVID-19 patients

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Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus say that they’re ready and able to treat non-COVID-19 patients at this time, HRH CEO Dr. Nizar Kifaieh said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Hudson Regional Hospital has set up independent areas of the emergency room and intensive care unit, a completely separate patient recovery floor, as well as a staff with no crossover with coronavirus patients.

“Everyone should know that it is safe to come to our ER. If you have concerning medical conditions or symptoms for stroke, uncontrolled diabetes or other potentially life-threatening conditions, don’t wait at home and risk further deterioration,” Kifaieh said.

“We are thankful to report that we are seeing a dramatic decrease in COVID-19 cases and deaths and are optimistic that this will continue if we all practice proper social distancing guidelines.”

Kifaieh said during a press call in mid-April that COVID-19 patient volume has been “decreasing significantly.”

The hospital’s strict safety protocols are in response to reports that patients in need of medical treatment are waiting until symptoms become unmanageable at home due to fear of the COVID-19 virus.

HRH is using the most technologically advanced cleaning systems available including UV cleaning robots and the NanoVapor BioTech Microbial Suppression System (MSS), a large scale surface application system that disinfects and protects surfaces from all microorganisms – including viruses like the COVID-19 – for 70 days or more.

Additionally, all patients are tested for COVID-19 and receive antibody testing before admittance for any treatment, while all staff get their temperatures taken daily and wear PPE appropriate to ensure the safety and best outcomes for patients in all its department.

HRH’s maternity ward has been following state and federal social distancing guidelines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, delivering 95 babies since March 1st.

“The only time I thought about the virus was when my husband’s family and my family came to the hospital to see me and the new baby,” added Souyi Ma, who had her baby at HRH’s maternity ward on March 13th.

“Overall my experience at the hospital was a good one and I personally did not feel like my stay was affected negatively by COVID.”

Furthermore, the medical facility will continue to operate its drive-through COVID-19 testing (by appointment only) in conjunction with Hudson County and Secaucus until the need for this service subsides.

They are also conducting IgG antibody testing between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The cost for those who come to their appointment without a prescription or insurance taken by the laboratory is $95 (collected at time of test).

Patients currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should got to the nearest emergency room immediately, officials said.

For more information about Hudson Regional Hospital, visit www.hudsonregionalhospital.com or call 201-392-3100.