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LMHS Encourages Prompt Medical Care

LMHS Encourages Prompt Medical Care As Licking County experiences its third surge in COVID cases, Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) encourages individuals not to ignore symptoms and obtain necessary medical care promptly to avoid future complications.  Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) has recently noted a growing number of patients postponing needed treatment, especially in the Oncology, Gastrointestinal (GI), Cardiology and Surgery departments.

Many healthcare providers are concerned that patients are ignoring symptoms and avoiding necessary medical care that could lead to preventable illnesses.  “The health and safety of our community remains our top priority,” said LMHS President & CEO Rob Montagnese.  “The preparation and policies that we have put in place over the last several months have ensured that our staff is prepared to provide the best quality care in a safe environment.”

Patients with chronic or acute health conditions risk more serious health complications by delaying or avoiding their medical care.  It is important that proper treatment is received to avoid long-term health consequences and costly treatments in the future.  “Patients who delay care for cardiovascular conditions jeopardize the health of their heart,” explains Hassan Rajjoub, M.D., of Licking Memorial Cardiac Services.  “Neglecting heart care or ignoring symptoms can lead to deterioration of the heart muscle.”

All LMHS facilities continue to take the necessary measures to protect patients, visitors and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, including temperature checks and health screenings.  Face masks are required at all LMHS facilities, and staff wear the appropriate PPE to perform their duties.  Patients who are scheduled for surgical procedures receive COVID-19 testing.  Individuals who have questions about LMHS’ COVID-19 safety procedures may contact the Infection Prevention Office at (220) 564-4158 or (220) 564-4153.  The office is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.