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YRMC Changes Security and Screening Protocols

Patients and visitors can expect new processes Tuesday, June 14

Beginning Tuesday, June 14, patients and visitors may notice safety and screening changes upon entering Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC).

Screening Kiosks in the Main Lobby

The CDC continues to recommend health screenings at healthcare facilities. For the past two years, YRMC staff and personnel were stationed at the main entrance to screen patients and visitors for symptoms of illness. On Tuesday, YRMC will begin using three new kiosks to screen community members for illness, fever and a mask. Upon passing the quick screening, guests will be issued a sticker, which is required to be worn during the duration of the visit. Visitation hours remain 10 AM to 6 PM.

“As we continue to navigate the impact of COVID-19, this type of technology will become more common,” said Julie Coker, YRMC Infection Preventionist. “The continued health screening measures are in place to help stop the spread of illness to patients and staff. With the addition of three kiosk stations, the process will be more convenient and streamlined for visitors to our facility.”

If you are not feeling well or are exhibiting signs and symptoms of the flu or COVID-19, please refrain from visiting the hospital.

Metal Detectors in the Emergency Department

As a precautionary measure, YRMC has installed metal detectors at the entrance of the Emergency Department. In light of recent events across our nation, the added level of safety is positioned to help protect patients, family members and staff. The additional safety measure is intended to promote an environment of safety and healing. As a reminder, weapons of any kind are prohibited on campus.

“Our emergency department is one of the busiest in the state and people are most vulnerable while they are here,” said Deb Aders, Chief Nursing Officer and VP of Patient Care. “Patients and staff deserve to feel safe. YRMC is grateful for the community’s incredible patience and understanding as we continue to work together to protect the health and wellbeing of Yuma County.”

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