Baptist Health South Florida is using its expertise to address the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, treat patients, protect visitors and staff and provide up-to-date information.
As we continue navigating the Coronavirus situation together, I want to express my deep appreciation for each and every one of you. During a complex and challenging health emergency like this, people depend on their healthcare providers as a trusted source for information, care and support. No matter what your role is at Baptist Health, you are helping our patients and families during a critical time of need.
For questions or comments, please reach out to the Evidence Based Clinical Care team at BHSFEBCC@baptisthealth.net
Dr. Mark J. Hauser
President of Medical Staff Affairs,
Baptist Health South Florida
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & How to Protect Yourself
We at Baptist Health South Florida want to ensure our staff, practitioners, and patients are safe and protected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please find attached guidelines from Baptist Health South Florida and the CDC regarding how to stay safe, recommendations for Personal Protective Equipement (PPE), and effective hand hygiene.
Baptist Health South Florida
Center for Disease Control
Personal Protective Equipment Supplies
Mask Policy Update: All employees, patients and visitors are now required to wear a covering over their nose and mouth while on our campuses. We have updated our policy as follows:
All employees, medical staff and vendors will need to wear masks at all times while on hospital premises. One face mask per day will be provided upon entering our facilities.
All patients – A. In-Room Use. A patient may remove their facemask when in the patient's room and alone. A patient will wear their mask when any occupant, including family members, employee, and medical staff, is inside the room.
B. Outside the room and sleeping. The patient will wear a facemask before leaving the room. A patient should wear a facemask during any transport. Patients should not wear a mask when sleeping, whether hospital staff are present or not.
All (permitted) visitors will be required to wear a mask or covering over their mouth and nose while on hospital premises.
FIU and FAU Face Shields: Florida International University (FIU) and Baptist Health South Florida have partnered to 3D-print reusable face shields.The first batch of face shields was already delivered. FIU’sCollege of Communication, Architecture, + The Arts(CARTA) is mobilizing its 3D printing facilities, faculty, staff and students to produce a minimum of 1,000 face shields for Baptist Health.
In addition, a team from Florida Atlantic University (FAU)’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems (I-SENSE), one of the university’s four research pillars, have identified a simple solution to rapidly produce protective face shields for Baptist Health.
The disposable face shield developed by the FAU team only requires clear polyester plastic, elastic fabric bands, and a laser cutter. Baptist Health has requested an initial order of 4,000 face shields, which the FAU team expects to have completed within a week and will be followed by another order of 4,000 face shields.
If You Think You Are Sick
Below are the updated Travel Screening guidelines. Please be aware the Occupational Health screening processes may change based on CDC and/or State Department recommendations, so please continue to pay close attention to all Baptist Health communications on this matter. You may also email EmployeeCVInfo@baptisthealth.net, a confidential inbox for employees’ personal health concerns specific to COVID-19.
Occupational Health Screening Process (Updated Guidelines):
Employees, volunteers, students, contractors or members of the medical staff must stay home, immediately contact Baptist Health’s Occupational Health hotline at (786) 596-2345 and will be placed on 14 day quarantine if the following circumstances apply:
You are returning from travel to countries listed on the CDC’s Level 3 & 2 Travel Health Notices (any international travel) in the last 14 days;
You are returning from travel on any cruise ship in the last 14 days;
New: You are returning from travel from anywhere in the US that is deemed to have widespread community transmission in the last 14 days (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html);
Note: If you are placed on travel quarantine and you develops symptoms (i.e.: fever at or above 100.4, cough, shortness of breath), you should contact your primary care physician and your local Occupational Health office (see attached flyer for OHO contact information).
Employee Post Exposure Screening:
Infection Prevention & Control and Leadership, at each entity, will identify employees potentially exposed to a suspected (PUI) or confirmed COVID-19 patient. After identification of potential employee exposures, Occupational Health will collaborate with Infection Prevention & Control and Leadership at each entity to determine whether or not exposed employees should be quarantined based on CDC’s risk assessment of healthcare personnel COVID-19 exposures (such as medium or high-risk exposures). Employees who meet the criteria for quarantine will be removed from work for up to 14 days. Employees placed on quarantine will be contacted by Occupational Health, at least every 72 hours, to check on the employee’s health status. If post exposure employees have questions or concerns regarding the process, employees can contact their local Occupational Health office. Employees should not contact the Occupational Health hotline number regarding post-exposure questions since the hotline is meant to handle travel screening or COVID-19 related questions only.
Return to Work Process:
To ensure a safe working environment for everyone, employees who have been removed from work and placed on quarantine (due to travel or post-exposure) for 14 calendar days will need to receive clearance from Occupational Health before reporting to work. Occupational Health will contact employees placed on quarantine at the end of their quarantine period and, if the employee is asymptomatic, will be cleared to return to work by Occupational Health.
Employees Who Are Sick:
Employees experiencing symptoms of fever (at or above 100.4) and and/or acute respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath, etc.) should stay home. If an employee reports to work with fever and/or acute respiratory illness symptoms, the employee’s leader should advise the employee to go home (leaders should not send sick employees to Occupational Health in order to be sent home). If an employee who is sick needs medical care, the employee should contact their primary care physician or Care on Demand. If an employee is out of work due to a personal medical illness for more than 3 consecutive calendar days, the employee should contact Unum (Toll Free Number: 1-877-663-7437) to request a medical leave of absence. Employees returning to work after an absence of more than 3 days due to a personal medical illness will need to obtain medical clearance from their medical provider and call their local Occupational Health office for clearance prior to returning to work.
Attached are the current guidelines on who to test, which tests to provide, handling specimens, and how to report coronavirus cases:
Laboratory Update/ In-House Testing: We now have limited capacity to conduct COVID-19 testing in-house across our system. We expect to be able to expand this capacity as more supplies needed to run the tests become available. We are also able to use the Molecular Diagnostic Lab at Miami Cancer Institute for testing.Tests not processed in-house are being sent to BioReferenceLaboratories.The turnaround time for BioReferenceLaboratories is 24-72 hours.
Attached you will find the current treatment recommendations of patients with COVID-19. Please note that the information is subject to change as learn more about coronavirus and effective treatments.
Information for Patients and Families
Attached are resources for handling pregnant or breast feeding patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
Molecular Lab Authorized Tests:
Preventions and Precautions:
Information for Patients:
Information for the Public:
Information for the Cancer Patients:
Communicating to Patients
Information for Pregnant Women
Helping provide our patients and their families is an important aspect in preventing and treating COVID-19. The resources on this page can assist providers with information that is thorough and easy to understand.
How is Baptist Health South Florida Preparing
Baptist Health South Florida is prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic. Please find resources to see how our organization is ready.
Electronic Health Record Updates:
Information for the Public:
Information for the Cancer Patients:
Hospital Visitor Restriction Policy:
- No more than one adult visitor (age 18 years or older) will be allowed at a time for daily visitation during the designated 6 hours of 3pm to 9pm.
- COVID-19 infected patients or COVID-19 susptected patients will not be allowed visitors except under exceptional circumstances.
- Overnight stays are approved as needed by unit leadership.
Elective Procedures, Emergency Departments, Maternity Units:
- One adult visitor may accompany patients for elective surgery or the emergency department at any time.
- A partner or spouse may stay continuously with a patient in the Labor & Delivery unit and one adult visitor will be allowed during the designated visiting hours of 3pm to 9pm.
- Beyond these examples, visitor permission may be granted by the patient care team on a case-by-case basis.
Cancer Institutes Patient and Visitor Information
Because of the special needs of our patient population, all Miami Cancer Institute (MCI) and Lynn Cancer Institute employees will be screened for COVID-19 before being allowed to enter. At this time, no visitors will be able to accompany adult patients for the duration of this pandemic. Exceptions will be made for our pediatric patients, who many have one adult visitor with them.
Effective Monday, 3/16, student rotations and observer programs at all Baptist Health facilities will be suspended until further notice. Scholar Nurse Partners from Barry and Nova will be scheduled for approved per-diem employed shifts, as needed. This restriction is not applicable to residents and fellows in graduate medical, pharmacy and nursing education programs who will continue to provide care as needed and within their scopes.
In an effort to limit the number of people at our facilities, effective immediately, volunteers should not report to our locations until further notice. Any exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis at the entity level.
Convalescent Plasma and Blood Products
This page includes resources and information for the utilization of blood products regarding coronavirus. As blood banks continue to address the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, we will provide updates.
Blood Utilization Guidelines:
Information from the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB):
Below you will find information and order sets for Emergency Departments, Hospitalization, Urgent Cares, and Pre-Screening:
Please find attached the approved downtime forms for the Emergency Departments for the testing and treatment of Coronavirus COVID-19:
Please find attached the approved downtime forms for the Hospitalized Patients for the testing and treatment of Coronavirus COVID-19:
Please find attached the approved downtime forms for the Urgent Cares for the testing and treatment of Coronavirus COVID-19:
At Baptist Health, we place great value on the safety of our patients, families, and communities we serve. We are following the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 screening guidelines. Please find the guidelines for the system in English and Spanish:
Swing Beds Information
Discharge and Transfer Information
All hospitalized patients should be assessed for COVID-19 prior to transfer to a post-acute care facility. This tool should be used to document and individual's medical status related to COVID-19 and to facilitate communication between the hospital and the receiving facility during patient transfers. This document must be signed-off by the physician, nurse practitioner, or physicians assistant who completes the clinical assessment.
Discharging Patients Home:
Post-Acute Care/Behavioral Health to Hospital Transfer COVID-19 Assessment and Communication:
Federal Agency Waivers:
Guide How to Use the Form:
Please select your entity:
Surgery and Anesthesia
Please find below information regarding scheduling Elective Procedures: Baptist Health South Florida is implementing Step 1 of the Baptist Health Recovery Plan to resume certain surgeries and procedures in addition to urgent or emergent cases on May 6. Cases for non-vulnerable patients who require outpatient surgery with same day discharge can be scheduled. Please book at least 5-7 days in advance to allow time for COVID-19 testing and pre-op testing. COVID-19 testing should be completed within 72-hours of surgery date.
Attached are resources for the surgery and anesthesia departments regarding COVID-19:
Anesthesia in the ICU:
Messege From COO
Attached are email communications from Bo Boulenger, executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Mark Hauser, M.D., president of medical staff affairs, to all Baptist Health staff.
Baptist Health South Florida is taking to the news to ensure providers and patients are aware of the latest information regarding COVID-19. The system is taking many measures to ensure we are following guidelines coming in from national and international organizations.
External Social Media:
Elective Procedures, Surgeries, Endoscopies
Baptist Health hospitals, surgery centers and endoscopy centers are postponing elective non-urgent surgeries, endoscopies and interventional procedures.
All Baptist Health non-urgent elective imaging tests are being rescheduled to ensure capacity for urgent appointments.
Attached are summaries to provide you with information you need to know about coronavirus and how to protect yourself.
The outbreak of coronavirus disease may be stressful for people and healthcare professionals. Fear and anxiety about the disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you and the the people you care about stronger.
Communicating to Families:
The Baptist Health Employee Sunshine Fund, coordinated by Pastoral Care, is available to assist with pandemic-specific financial hardship through interest-free loans. For additional information and to submit a loan application, please contact your nearest Pastoral Care office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The application consists of two forms, the Loan Application and Justification Form, both of which must be completed.
Pastoral Care now has a Support Hotline: 305-596-4036, which is available for employees to call between 8am - 9pm, 7 days per week during the duration of the coronavirus crisis. Patient care requests and other emergency needs should still be directed to entity based pastoral care offices. Overnight emergency calls should continue to directed hospital based switchboards as customary.
Here are links and additional resources to help you with the care of coronavirus (COVID-19) patients:
Law Enforcement Curfew Waiver Letter:
Evidence Based Research:
American Association of Blood Banks:
American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology:
American Heart Association:
American Heart Association:
American Medical Association:
American College of Anesthesiology:
Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
Society for Critical Care Medicine:
Post Mortem Care
Please find attached guidance on how to deal with post mortem COVID-19 patients, or patients under investigation of COVID-19:
Please find the attached resources for staff who have come into contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients:
How to Protect Yourself, Patients, and Confidential Data
Social Media Guidelines:
It is important to keep our privacy and social media guidelines always top of mind. Please remember that as an employee, you represent Baptist Health. Therefore, how you present yourself to our patients and community, both in-person and online, is a reflection on Baptist Health. Employees should be appropriate and respectful and should never disclose any protected health information or confidential business records or data. If you have any questions, please refer to the Social Media and HIPAA Privacy policies which can be found on the intranet, or contact your HR representative.
Office for Civil Rights (OCR):
Guidance that empowers first responders and others who receive protected health information about individuals who have tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19 to help keep both first responders and the public safe.
Privacy Office Contact Information:
Privacy Hotline: (786) 596-8850
Attached you will find information regarding coronavirus for each of the hospital departments:
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute (MCVI)