For Immediate Release
Isabella, California, April 28, 2020 – In the spirit of transparency and concerns the public has voiced regarding our residents, patients and staff, Kern Valley Hospital would like to address recent comments posted on social media.
As you are aware, we temporarily closed our facility to all outside visitors and volunteers to protect our residents, patients, and employees from COVID-19. It was a decision that we did not take lightly. We have provided an I-pad to our residents and patients so they can FaceTime with their loved ones. To date, we are a COVID-free facility.
As with many businesses throughout the valley, state and country, additional decisions were implemented to get through these trying times both financially, as well as, keeping our employees working. Kern Valley Hospital wants to be clear that we view each one of our employees as “essential.” At no time has it been stated that any one employee or department was viewed as “non-essential”.
It is imperative that we remain prudent and spend our dollars wisely. All hospitals throughout the state temporarily halted many services in anticipation of a surge of COVID-19 patients. Kern Valley Hospital was no exception. During these uncertain times and not knowing when services will be restored, Administration requested each department to review their expenses, including staffing, and determine where they might implement cost savings. Administration commends staff for accepting this challenge and coming up with creative solutions. We are proud to say we have been able to manage our costs without laying off any employees. Yes, some of this was managed by reducing hours of staff in certain departments and in some cases staff was re-assigned to departments that are currently understaffed. In some circumstances, staff voluntarily asked to take time off due to childcare responsibilities. All in all, our goal was to keep everyone working and avoid layoffs.
These measures have been implemented with as little impact to our residents and patients. In regards to our Skilled Nursing Facility please keep in mind it is challenging to abide by the social distancing guidelines that the State has put forward. At this time, we are unable to accommodate any large group activity, however, daily activities continue on a smaller scale. No departments have been eliminated. In the near future, we will begin increasing our resident’s activities as it is deemed safe to do so.
For more information, contact Deborah Hess at 760-379-5257 or email Deborahhess@kvhd.org