April 03, 2020
Reston, VA–HCA Virginia announced today that all staff and providers in all patient care areas will now wear masks, expanding their use beyond suspected or positive COVID-19 cases. This initiative will increase the protection of staff, healthcare providers, patients, and others in our hospitals.
Masks will be optional only for staff in non-patient care areas who can consistently maintain social distancing of at least six feet during brief interactions with colleagues. All visitors and patients presenting for outpatient testing will also be required to wear masks.
“Our top priority is protecting our patients, clinicians, nurses, and colleagues so we can best serve our communities throughout this pandemic,” said John Deardorff, President and CEO of Reston Hospital Center and HCA’s Northern Virginia market. “We are taking this step now because of evidence that social distancing, while a key strategy for interrupting the spread of coronavirus, is difficult to maintain in the busy patient care environment.”
HCA Virginia’s latest analysis indicates that it has ample personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies available to meet the demand for additional use of masks pursuant to this new policy. Even though HCA Virginia currently has adequate supplies of PPE, its hospitals will continue to take steps to conserve it, including reuse and reprocessing of PPE where appropriate.
Professionals in the HCA Virginia supply chain have continually worked with epidemiologists and data scientists to track use and anticipated demand of PPE so stock can be allocated appropriately. HCA Virginia staff are also working around the clock to safeguard existing supplies and secure additional shipments.
For more information about HCA Virginia’s efforts to combat COVID-19, visit https://hcavirginia.com/covid-19/index.dot.
About HCA Virginia
As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals, 29 outpatient centers, five freestanding emergency rooms, and two urgent care centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $190.8 million in charity and uncompensated care and pays $72.6 million in taxes annually. HCA Virginia includes Reston Hospital Center, StoneSprings Hospital Center and Dominion Hospital.