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COVID-19 at SBA: What you need to know

The leadership team at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital have monitored and prepared for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that rapidly moved across our country. 

As this situation is very fluid, we are continually evaluating the new updates and guidelines as we plan and adapt our approach to this issue. We will continue to ensure our mission of providing compassionate, professional healthcare to the people we serve remains our top focus, as well as ensuring the safety of our patients, physicians and colleagues.

KDHE Guidance for Isolation & Quarantine

Click here for the KDHE guidance for isolation and quartine 

What is COVID-19?

  • COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is a new disease thought to spread mainly from person-to-person
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet for 10 minutes or greater)
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes

What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?



How can you protect yourself?

  • Get vaccinated when the appropriate phase for you is available. Find the Kansas Vaccination Phases here.
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home


Avoid close contact


Take steps to protect others

man in bed

Stay home if you’re sick

woman covering their mouth when coughing


Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.


man wearing a mask

Wear a facemask

  • You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick. *If you are fully vaccinated see Covid-19 Guidance for Vaccinated Kansas. 

cleaning a counter


Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.


SBA Visitor Policy

Coronavirus – COVID 19 Self-Assessment

When coming to SBA, plesae take the following self-assessment:

1. Have you had CLOSE CONTACT with someone who has been diagnosed with or is officially under investigation for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

2. Have you traveled internationally or been on a cruise ship on or after March 15, 2020?

3. Have you traveled outside of Kansas in the last 14 days? 

4. Do you currently have any of the following:
          Shortness of Breath/Difficulty Breathing

If you answered YES to questions 1-3 and have any symptoms listed in question 4, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY RETURN TO YOUR VEHICLE and call the office you were heading to for further direction – or you may call 316-321-3300.


COVID-19 Testing

The following testing procedure is in place at SBA:

All patients who are needing COVID-19 swab collection (except for those coming for pre-op) will enter through the SBA Medical Clinic West doors (located on the south side of the building - east of the Emergency Department entrance). Swab collection times will now occur on specific days from -- 3:00 to 3:30 PM. All patients are required to do the following PRIOR to coming for a swab: 

  • Patients MUST call the Laboratory at 322-4520 to be assigned an appointment time. 
  • Patients MUST have a provider order before they call the Laboratory
  • Patients will not be able to enter the building if they do not have an appointment. 
  • Patients must have a mask on at all times. 
  • Turnaround time varies based on volume of test being submitted to labs.

The COVID-19 swab collection will take place in an enclosed area immediately accessible from the entryway. Staff will be assigned to guide patients to this location and ensure that no lines are formed during the testing time frames. 

Other testing sites in Butler County include:

  • Dr. Rausch in Augusta
  • True Care Pharmacy
  • Butler County Health Department (free)

Click here for more information and guidelines on testing from the CDC.


Safety Precautions Being Taken at SBA

SBA Cafe Seating

SBA Café will have seating open for patient visitors, CHAMPSS participants and Meals on Wheels volunteers. Café hours will remain the same –

Monday through Friday (6:30 – 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM, 4:30 – 6:30 PM)
Saturday and Sunday (6:30 – 8:30 AM, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 4:30 – 6:30 PM)

Please keep a distance of 6 feet while in line. You must wash hands prior to entering and must always wear a mask unless eating or drinking. 


How to get a CHAMPSS meal:

The café menu is available online at www.sbamh.com - you can check the online menu and call the Nutrition Services Diet Office at 316-321-5124 with your order. If you do not have access to the online menu, we will offer the daily special you can select when you call to order your meal. Or, you may come to the Cafe to eat, but must be masked anytime you are not eating or drinking. 

This service will be available Monday-Friday only; clients can order and pick up additional meals to cover the weekend. The Department on Aging has agreed to allow CHAMPSS clients to pick-up more than one meal/day.

Meals will be packaged and available for pick up on the East side of the hospital outside the café door, near the café windows from 11:00 to 11:15 a.m. Staff will be watching for you and bring your meal to you. Please bring your badge so we can scan to track meals served.  The meals you pick up will be deducted from your account.

Participants will be able to add future meals to existing accounts when picking up meals.  We can take cash, checks or credit cards for the correct amount only. Do not enter the hospital to add meals to your account.

Thank you for your cooperation, we are working to continue making CHAMPSS meals available to you while also meeting safety guidelines for all involved!


SBA Home Health statement regarding COVID-19

We know you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 and how it may impact your patients, residents, employees and families. Ensuring patients are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our priority at Susan B. Allen.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended a variety of steps that we are implementing to help reduce the potential for the virus to enter any facility, community or homes of our home health patients.

We have immediately implemented these measures to remain abundantly proactive in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

  • We take daily temperature readings for all employees and when entering a facility or community.
  • We will adhere to policies for screening and monitoring including symptom monitoring and temperature checks.
  • We are monitoring for respiratory symptoms, which include dry cough and shortness of breath for all employees working with patients or in contact with facility staff and visitors.
  • We will keep our staff assignments as consistent as possible in clinical care area.
  • Our team participates in all of the recommended precautions for hand washing and other hygiene etiquette recommended by the CDC.
  • We will reduce any group meetings and unnecessary travel for employees to minimize exposure.

If an individual is identified as positive for elevated temperature or respiratory symptoms, our clinical team will be notified immediately for additional screening and follow-up per our COVID-19 screening protocols. This will include informing you if the employee had contact with any of your patients or residents.

We realize that you need to implement precautionary measures and we assure you ours are some of the most stringent in the industry. Most of CMS’s guidelines are around restricting visitors who are not care providers and does encourage hospice and home care workers to continue in their care roles as long as they follow the guidelines and use PPE properly.

Our team is happy to review these guidelines and discuss our policies.  For questions or concerns, please call 316-322-4540.



Find the Frequently Asked Questions from the CDC here.

Information for Healthcare Professionals

Click here for information for healthcare professionals from the CDC.

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