Valley Health Systems, Inc. announces accessibility to two new services to assess and potentially screen patients for coronavirus COVID-19 infection.
Effective March 20, Valley Health will launch telehealth services to assess patients’ needs for COVID-19 testing. During the telehealth assessment, a member of Valley Health’s medical provider team will evaluate each patient by reviewing symptoms, exposure risk factors, medical history, medications and other relevant information. Based on the evaluation, the provider will give recommendations, which may include testing.
In addition to the launch of telehealth services for COVID-19 assessments, Valley Health will begin offering drive-thru screening at two locations. Drive-thru screenings will ONLY BE AVAILABLE to individuals who have completed a telehealth assessment and have been advised by the telehealth provider to proceed to a drive-thru testing location. All charts will be reviewed before any testing begins to verify provider orders. Tests available at the drive-thru locations include flu, strep and respiratory panel, including COVID-19. Valley Health’s physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants will follow CDC guidelines for Person under Investigation (PUI) in making determinations for testing Telehealth patients for COVID-19.
These services are available for all community members. This includes individuals who are not currently accessing services through Valley Health, who see healthcare providers at private practices or other entities such as Marshall Health and regional hospitals. As a community health center, we serve all individuals regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.
To schedule a telehealth assessment, patients must call 304-399-3358, a centralized line handled by Valley Health employees, who will register the patient for a telehealth appointment with the next available telehealth provider. During the call, the patient should have all necessary items available for reference, including insurance information, if applicable. Upon completion of registration, patients must then go to the Valley Health telehealth webpage and complete the Informed Consent for Telehealth electronic form before an assessment can be completed.
Patients will be able to call and request a telehealth assessment starting Friday, March 20, at 8 a.m.
Access to Valley Health’s drive-thru testing services will begin on these dates and at these locations:
Hours of operation for screening and telehealth services will be 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.