Welcome to Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center's dedicated resource center for our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Look here for the latest information and ongoing updates on our COVID-19 policies and protocols.
COVID-19 vaccine update January 22, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine distribution is directed by the Departments of Health in Vermont and New Hampshire. Under the direction of the Vermont Department of Health, Mt. Ascutney Hospital's distribution of vaccine remains limited to the health care workers and first responders pursuant to Phase1a of the State's plan.
For all others, regardless of the state in which you receive your care, please refer to the Department of Health Website for your state of residency. Please utilize these websites to determine if you qualify and for scheduling a vaccine at locations designated by the state. If you are unable to access these websites, both VT and NH have phone numbers you can call.
- Appointment Scheduler opens January 25, and vaccinations through various locations begins January 27 for age 75 and older.
- Use the Vermont Department of Health website to make an appointment. If you are unable to make an appointment online, call 855-722-7878.
New Hampshire residents
- Appointment scheduler open January 22 and vaccination begins January 26 in various locations for eligible Phase 1b residents. Phase 1b includes:
- people who are 65 years of age or older
- those who are between the ages of 16-64 and who have 2 or more high-risk health conditions (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health is working to identify patients who meet this criteria. You do not need to contact your provider for documentation. Please review the Dartmouth-Hitchcock website for additional information).
- Use the New Hampshire COVID-19 website to register for an appointment. If you are unable to make an appointment online, call 2-1-1.
Please do not contact your provider, or the Hospital, regarding your qualification or to schedule appointments. We are unable to assist you with scheduling your vaccine for the current phases of vaccination. Vermont and New Hampshire are scheduling these appointments at designated vaccination areas in each state.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock COVID-19 information hotline
Hospital updates: MAHHC and OHC are open and safe
We're here, we're open, and we're ready. While we did temporarily suspend some appointments and delay some elective procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued to serve our communities with urgent and emergency care. We are currently offering routine primary care exams, ophthalmology visits, preventative services, surgeries, and therapy appointments. At this time, we are pleased to also be able to offer the use of video consultations and telehealth as appropriate, via our myMAHHC portal, as a convenience to you.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.
We ask for patience and understanding during these times. We are navigating changing technology, regulations, guidelines, and policies every day.
Here's how we're working to keep you safe:
- Visitors are restricted, with approved exceptions for support persons/caregivers to accompany patients that need assistance in specific situations. All are thoroughly screened before entry. You must wear a mask the entire time you are in the Hospital. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you. Your temperature will be taken. We'll ask if you have any COVID-19 symptoms and about your recent travel history. Please answer their questions truthfully.
- Patients may be directed to a separate clinic on the Windsor campus for further evaluation and COVID-19 testing if indicated. You may see a provider that is not your primary care provider.
- Our waiting rooms and common areas have been reconfigured to ensure at least six feet of social distance for each person.
- On occasion, people may be asked to wait in their cars until they are called for their appointment.
- We have revised our scheduling to keep the number of people in our waiting rooms lower than usual for now.
- Our spaces and all surfaces are cleaned constantly to ensure that every area is as clean as possible.
We know that this time has been difficult for everyone—it's been challenging logistically, physically, and emotionally. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have developed and implemented these new protocols to help ensure your safety.
As of December 7,2020 our Café is temporarily closed to the public. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Miller Therapeutic Pool
The pool is now open for therapy only. It remains closed to the community for general use until further notice.
Our visitor policy
All Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health facilities have some visitor restrictions.
No visitors are permitted. Examples of essential caregivers:
- One parent or support person for pediatric patients.
- Two adult primary caregivers (parents or legal guardians) may accompany Neonatal patients.
- Three designated support persons only may be permitted in the patient room at the end of life and all may be present at the same time.
- One support person for family meetings or caregiver training, in preparation for patient discharge is allowed.
- One consistent support person may be permitted in rare circumstances such as for a patient with communication needs (i.e., persons who are deaf or who do not understand/speak English), or a patient with cognitive impairment or disability who requires assistance to access care
For approved caregivers
- Everyone is required to wear a mask and maintain a face and nose covering for the entirety of the medical visit. If you need a mask, please ask and one will be provided to you.
- Please stay in the patient's room for the duration of the medical visit and do not congregate in waiting rooms, cafeterias, or lobbies before, after, or between.
- Everyone is required to clean their hands upon entry/exit from the building, entry/exit from the unit or clinic, and entry/exit from patient rooms.
How you can help
Donations of PPE
We are currently accepting donations of expendable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including masks, gloves, gowns, hand sanitizer, and gently used scrubs. The gear is intended to supplement Hospital PPE supplies as the COVID-19 outbreak gains momentum. Donations of these types may be dropped off at the Outpatient Therapies/Miller Pool entrance (just past and around to the right of the main entrance--see signage) at Mt. Ascutney Hospital. The hours of operation are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please deliver all loose or unpackaged items in re-sealable bags.
Sewing masks project
We invite people who are healthy, without signs of fever, coughing, or shortness of breath, and who have not been in contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days, to supplement the inventory of PPE by sewing masks for donation. According to the Centers for Disease Control, fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.
Volunteer mask makers are asked to use 100% unused, non-metallic cotton fabric for the front, and 100% cotton or cotton flannel for the back, along with ¼” or 3/8” flat elastics. Instructions for the preferred mask type may be found on the Instructables Craft website.
Donations to Employee HOPE Fund
The MAHHC HOPE Fund assists Mt. Ascutney Hospital employees who are experiencing hardships or financial emergencies. The Fund is supported solely by donations and was initially started up by MAHHC employee donations to support their colleagues. The HOPE Fund is dependent upon continued community support to sustain this fund to help our healthcare workers. Donate now to the HOPE Fund.
- Stay close to home as much as possible. Follow State guidelines for mandatory or recommended activities and travel restrictions.
- Socially distance. Keep at least six feet between you and others when in public, and wear a mask.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer. Watch this Centers for Disease Control video for handwashing tips.
- Don't touch your face. The coronavirus can enter through your mouth, nose, or eyes.
- While following the above rules, you can and should go outside for sunshine, fresh air, and exercise.
If you have symptoms
According to the Centers for Disease Control, COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild to severe, and in some cases, can cause death. Because this virus is new to humans, no one is immune. Older adults and those with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of developing more serious complications.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after infection. You may be contagious before symptoms appear.
Common symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
Less common symptoms can include:
- Aches and pains
- Nausea, vomiting
- Sore throat
If you develop any of these emergency warning signs, seek help right away.
- Trouble breathing
- Bluish lips or face
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
What you should do
- If you are having a medical emergency please dial 911.
- If you are ill, but not experiencing a medical emergency and feel you may have COVID-19, we recommend you stay home as you would with any other illness, and call your provider. We have testing available.
- If you do not have a health care provider and feel you need to be seen for respiratory symptoms, we have a clinic where you can be seen and evaluated during our regular business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Contact us at (802) 674-7300, Option #5.
Testing and insurance
Mt. Ascutney Hospital charges $248 for testing of the COVID-19 virus. Insurance companies should not be charging a co-pay to patients for testing. If you get a bill for a co-pay for this service we will assist you in getting this corrected with your insurance company.
If you do not have insurance, and you receive a statement directly from us for a test, please call our Customer Service Office at (802) 674-7471, and we will assist you.
Please consider the benefits of telehealth video visit instead of an in-person visit. Recently introduced, and now being offered to our patients, this service will offer you a safer, more convenient way to receive ongoing medical consultations from a medical professional while you stay home and help contribute to slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
If you do not have a myMAHHC Patient Portal account with us, you will need to set one up, as this is the only way you can access telehealth services. Hospital staff are currently contacting patients to assist with signing up, but we welcome you to enroll at your convenience.
To enroll in myMAHHC on your own, please have your email address handy, and go to the MAHHC Self-Enrollment for My Patient Portal website, or call (802) 674-7300, and choose option #3 for the Primary Care Clinic and speak with a representative who can help you get enrolled.