The mission of Pecos County Memorial Hospital is to provide healthcare services for Fort Stockton and the surrounding communities. The Coronavirus has disrupted everyone's lives and has severely stressed the healthcare system. Thankfully, we have not experienced severe cases here in Fort Stockton, but we have experienced a significant impact financially. Additionally, we know that the practice of medicine and provision of services will change, and we must be ready to adapt.
In order to continue to meet the healthcare needs of our community, we have made the tough decision to lay off 28 employees.
While the federal and state governments are providing aid, the majority of what we receive will have to be repaid within a year. Other organizations such as the State Office of Rural Health have provided some support but unfortunately it is not enough to offset our current and projected losses.
We are committed to our community and will continue to provide the quality care you have come to expect for PCMH.
Betsy Briscoe, CEO
Statement from Pecos County Memorial Hospital Medical Staff Regarding Ease of Shelter in Place Orders
At the time of this writing on May 13th, 27 people tested in Pecos County have tested positive for Covid-19, with 20 of those individuals being Pecos County residents and 7 of those being El Paso county residents. 82 tests are still pending. We have seen an almost doubling of our cases in the past 2 weeks, but Governor Abbott has recently eased the shelter in place orders and retail businesses have also been allowed to open. With the ease in restrictions, the possibility for contracting the virus will increase. As a medical community, PCMH would like to urge you to remain vigilant in your precautions to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.
*Wear masks in public spaces
*Continue social distancing of at least 6 feet
*Continue avoiding large gatherings
*Continue sheltering in place if you are older than 65 or are younger, but have other high risk medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease or an immune deficiency
*Do not touch your face, especially your eyes and mouth
*Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or with an alcohol based hand sanitizer if hand washing is not feasible
Due to the continued increase in positive COVID cases in Fort Stockton, PCMH will not open the Wellness Center to the public at this time. We will continue to monitor the local COVID situation and open when we feel it safe to do so.
Thank you for your cooperation and continued support of PCMH.
Betsy Briscoe, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
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