QUICK RESPONSE TEAM ESTABLISHES IN
A Quick Response Team has been established in Boone County to serve as a “first responder unit” in narcotic-related medical emergencies.
A quick response team is trained to serve as a first-responder unit made up of law enforcement, rescue personnel, ministers, health care professionals and/or substance abuse counselors.
Under the umbrella of Boone Memorial Hospital, Executive Director Brent Tomblin of Brighter Futures of Madison leads a partnership effort in the creation of the Boone County Quick Response Team.
Brighter Futures promotes and implements medication-assisted treatment, which includes individual and group therapy with medicine provided weekly.
In partnership with the Governor's Office, WV National Guard and WVDHHR, Boone Memorial Hospital piloted the very first community saliva based COVID-19 drive-thru testing in the State. The event was held Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th at the former Magic Mart building located in Danville, WV.
"Overall, the pilot was successful with a total of 334 patients submitting saliva specimens," said Angie Christian, Executive Director of Ancillary Services. "Since it was a pilot program, the entire process was a learning experience for all involved," she said. "However, it was a great event and one we will consider repeating in the future."
While Boone Memorial has been offering weekly COVID-19 drive-thru testing on State Street in Madison, the hospital wanted to expand its efforts.
Boone Memorial Hospital in Madison, West Virginia received a 5-star rating, the highest achievement level possible, from CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) for patient experience.
"We are extremely proud to earn this prestigious honor," said Virgil Underwood, Boone Memorial Hospital CEO. "The 5-star rating reflects the hard work and commitment of our caregivers who have dedicated their lives to helping others."
Boone Memorial Hospital has temporarily relocated its Walk-in Clinic (Rural Health Clinic) to 173 State Street (across from the Madison Animal Clinic). The move was done in an effort to continue protecting patients from exposure to the coronavirus.
The Walk-in Clinic kept its current hours and days of operation; 8am-6pm, 7 days a week. The BMH COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing site has moved from Danville to the lot beside of the BMH Walk-in Clinic on State Street in Madison.