Community Update on the Temporary Closing of Our Inpatient Unit
At Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care (PPHPC), our patients, their families, employees and volunteers form special connections because of the compassionate nature of our work - bringing comfort to those who need it.
We value your trust in us, and want to keep you fully informed during this COVID-19 pandemic on any effects it may have on our mission and you.
Recently, several staff members who work at our Inpatient Unit at Penrose Hospital tested positive for the Coronavirus. They were placed on quarantine as soon as they noticed symptoms. We are strictly adhering to federal and state health agency guidelines as we address the situation.
We are not taking any chances. Out of an abundance of caution, we have temporarily suspended the admission of new patients into the Inpatient Unit while we thoroughly disinfect the 16 patient rooms, common areas, and staff workspaces.
The vast majority of hospice care we provide is unaffected at this time, as most of our patients are cared for where they live, usually their own homes or care facilities.
Please know: At no time did the COVID positive staff members involved work in those other hospice settings. These staff members provided care only at the Inpatient Unit. Our caregivers have always had access to appropriate personal protective equipment. We do not believe there was any transmission of the Coronavirus to patients at the Inpatient Unit at any time.
We wish our staff members continued strength and a speedy recovery.
At PPHPC, the health, safety and wellness of our patients, their family members, our committed employees and volunteers, and health care partners is foremost in everything we do. We will continue to keep them and the broader community we serve informed. And we will continue to work in close collaboration with public health officials as we address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the only non-profit hospice provider in El Paso County, we value your partnership as we work through this challenging time together as a community.