CHI Saint Joseph Health is closely monitoring all developments with COVID-19, and our staff is following the latest guidance from local and state health officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The safety of our visitors, patients, employees, and physicians remains our highest priority.
CHI Saint Joseph Health has received shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine and is administering the vaccine to health care workers in our facilities. We are also working with state and local public health departments to identify health care workers in our community as part of the first phase of vaccine administration.
Find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine here.
In keeping with CHI Saint Joseph Health's mission of improving the health of those it serves and especially those who are vulnerable, and our commitment to providing safe care for patients and a work environment for clinicians and staff, we are requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021.
As health care providers we have a responsibility to help end this pandemic and protect our patients, our colleagues, and those in our communities. Requiring vaccination for our teams is critical to maintaining a safe care environment.
Throughout the pandemic, CHI Saint Joseph Health has implemented a broad range of safety measures to be able to continue providing essential health care services to everyone in our communities, including those battling life-threatening COVID-19 infections. Unfortunately, COVID-19 cases are on the rise again due to the threat of variants, and many communities continue to have low vaccination rates. Our decision to require the COVID-19 vaccination for employees is rooted in our commitment to keeping our community safe -- and bringing an end to this pandemic as quickly as possible.
By requiring the COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, just as we do with the flu (influenza) vaccine, CHI Saint Joseph Health joins health systems and associations across the country in urging vaccination for health care workers in an effort to continue protecting our patients, staff and communities from this dangerous disease.
CHI Saint Joseph Health has implemented several new measures designed to protect our patients, staff and community, including a more restrictive visitation policy and screening of our staff and health care providers at all facilities. Read more about current visitor restrictions at our facilities.
Are you experiencing fever, cough, and shortness of breath? If you think you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or exposure, please stay at home to protect yourself and others. The best first step is one of our remote resources:
Our health care providers are in constant communication with local health officials on coronavirus testing. Some of our divisions are offering drive-thru testing services, or outpatient clinics for testing. Check with your health care provider for details.
A test is required in advance of any procedure scheduled in the hospital. Check with your physician’s office if you have any questions. Learn more about how we are resuming services.
Additional information on testing is available through the CDC website.
In accordance with provisions in the CARES Act, the “cash” price for COVID-19 testing is available here. The actual price a patient may pay will likely be lower, as this price does not take into account insurance coverage or financial assistance a patient may be eligible for. Where testing is available at our own facilities it can typically be provided at a reduced cost. If in-house testing is not available, testing may be performed by an outside lab which sets the price for its test. These cash prices are only for the COVID-19 diagnostic testing itself and are not inclusive of the diagnosis and/or treatment of other medical conditions. Charges are continually reviewed and subject to change.