Tuesday, April 28, 2020: Community Update From Tahoe Forest Health System President and CEO Harry Weis

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

We want to offer our deepest and most sincere “thank you” to our community for supporting us every step of the way as we continue to navigate the pandemic crisis together. 

I’d like to provide you with a brief update as we begin planning for a phased re-opening to resume our hospital, clinic and outpatient services over the next 5-6 weeks. 

With so much information in the media about hospital restrictions, this is a good time to remind everyone that all aspects of your health are very important 24/7. Please don’t wait for treatment if you need urgent or emergency care, which can cause a condition to worsen or become a preventable emergency. 

It is SAFE to come to our emergency departments at Tahoe Forest Hospital and Incline Village Community Hospital for any health or injury emergency you or your family member has.

As we move into a thoughtful, careful and appropriate re-opening plan, our number one goal is your safety, as well as the safety of our staff members, physicians and advanced practice providers. 

This means we’ll be implementing an organized screening process for patients in all areas of service, with prompts for social distancing. All patients and hospital staff will wear masks for everyone’s protection, and regular hand-washing will be strongly encouraged. 

While we currently have a good supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), we’ll be evaluating our inventory on a daily basis to keep our levels high enough for both our staff members and patients. 

We’ll also continue to monitor and communicate directly with officials at the county and state level as we continue to evaluate our actions each week and adjust our plans as necessary. 

Above all, safety for everyone is our highest priority.  And while we work through the logistics of a carefully phased re-opening plan, please know that it’s safe to come and see us in our clinics, our emergency department or the hospital for all your healthcare needs.

It’s our honor to serve you and to work together with you to protect your total health!

With warm regards,

Harry Weis
President and CEO
Tahoe Forest Health System