Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

WMMC’s Temporary COVID-19 Hotline: (660) 262-7580

The rise of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a global, national and local concern. We want to assure our patients and the community that Western Missouri Medical Center is working closely with local, state and federal health officials to prepare. For the most up to date information on how the county is taking precautionary measures to prepare for the potential spread of the disease, check out this Facebook page.

WMMC has opened up an evaluation and testing site for patients showing symptoms for COVID-19 such as fever, cough and shortness of breath as determined by a physician. Hours for testing are currently 8:00am – 5:00pm. Read more about the Evaluation & Testing Site, here.

We are in dire need of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and are now accepting donations as well as homemade masks. Please visit this website to find out how to make CDC compliant masks. See this flyer for more information.

Our top priority is keeping our patients, visitors and staff safe

Our team treats patients with several respiratory illnesses every day. We have the training, tools and techniques in place to isolate and care for patients who are potentially at risk for COVID-19 following the guidelines identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Visitor Restrictions:

Effective: 3/28/2020 until further notice

To help reduce the spread of respiratory illness, WMMC has restricted all non-essential visitors. We will allow exceptions for:

  • One parent or guardian for pediatric patients
  • One support person for labor and delivery patients
  • One support person for patients with disabilities or impairments warranting assistance
  • One support person/driver for patients in outpatient surgery
  • One support person for critically ill patients who may be at end of life
  • No visitors if you have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for results or you have tested positive for COVID-19

Please note that any individual granted an exception who screens positive will not be allowed in our facilities.

We understand that this policy is difficult for patients and visitors. However, we must make these new restrictions out of an abundance of caution to keep our patients and caregivers as safe as possible.

Thank you for your support.

Entrance and Department Closures:

–The Main (West) Entrance and Medical Office Building (MOB) doors are now closed.

–Emergency Room and Outpatient (East) Entrance remain open for access to the hospital services as well as MOB appointments.

–Warrensburg Express Care will be clopen from 8 am – 5 pm. Due to the Evaluation and Test Site being operated, the clinic will have limited hours. There will be a call center answering Warrensburg Express Care calls and diverting patients who are not COVID-19 suspicious.

–Patient Accounts is CLOSED to the public. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and are available to discuss your account over the phone. If you would like to pay your bill in full or to set up payment arrangements, please call 660-262-7350. You may also submit questions via email to billinginquiry@wmmc.com

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit:

What to do if you think you have symptoms or have been exposed.

–Contact your doctor’s office or WMMC’s Temporary COVID-19 Hotline: (660) 262-7580

–Do not directly walk into a clinic to avoid spreading the virus to staff or patients

–Let your doctor’s office know about your symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms include

–Fever

–Coughing

–Shortness of breath

–Also, let your doctor know if you have:

–Been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19

–Have traveled to an area with sustained transmissions

Preventing the spread of respiratory diseases, including the flu and COVID-19

Remember the everyday basics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

–Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based sanitizer

–Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

–Avoid close contact with sick people

–Clean and disinfect regularly

–Stay home when you are sick

The CDC does not recommend people who are well to wear facemasks to prevent exposure to COVID-19 or other respiratory diseases. Masks should be worn by people who show signs of the disease, so they can prevent the spread of the disease to others. Read more about the CDC’s recommendations.

Things to consider if planning a visit to the hospital

To prevent the spread of seasonal flu, intestinal viral illnesses and other infectious diseases in our communities, please follow these guidelines:

–Do not visit the hospital if you or members of your household are sick, especially from upper respiratory infection (coughing, sneezing, congestion) or gastrointestinal illness (vomiting, nausea, diarrhea).

–Note that intensive care, maternity units and other areas of the hospital have specific visiting guidelines.

–Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after visiting patients.

–Please ask for a mask while visiting our Emergency Department.

Thank you for helping us keep our patients, visitors and communities healthy.

What else can you do to prevent the spread of germs?

  1. WMMC asks that the public limit their non-medical care visits to our medical center for the safety of our patients, staff and themselves. Additionally, patients and visitors will be asked questions related to health and travel status, and may be given a mask or not permitted to enter as appropriate.
  2. Are you apart of the project #TeamUp2CleanUp? This project challenges all businesses and community members to clean all high-touch areas for two minutes, two times a day. Learn more about the project here.
  3. Listen to what Darinda Dick, CEO, has to say on what WMMC is doing proactively against the COVID-19. If you are not ill, please avoid coming to hospital unless you are seeking treatment from a provider.