Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
Work Status for Employees
As of Friday, March 27, 2020 6:34 PM EDT
Director statement regarding reporting for duty:
Please help us limit the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. We are implementing some new procedures starting Saturday, March 28, which have been added below…
- Both Regent Ave. gates are closed. Please enter the main campus from Chalkstone Ave. or Valley St.
- RIPTA buses are no longer coming onto the Providence VAMC campus. Buses now stop at Chalkstone Ave. and Navy Lane, across from Roger Williams.
- Employees who are sent home or who are directed for additional evaluation must notify their supervisor.
- If you have flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, please stay home, notify your supervisor and contact your primary health care provider for guidance.
- Emergency Department
- Opioid Treatment Program
- Primary Care
- Clinical: Those providing direct patient care in the ED, ICU, 4A, 4B, 5B, 6B and 6S
- Nonclinical: Will be signed out during screening on an as-needed basis, based on screening criteria
- We are now making our own masks on-site, so more should be available soon.
- Ward 6S, the former ICU, is up and running with 6 beds in negative-pressure rooms
- 6A is being renovated to accommodate 19 in-patient beds
- A 10-chair urgent respiratory treatment area is being added to the screening tent, which should be ready within 5 to 10 days.
- Preparations are being made for drive-through testing, if needed.
- All take-out food delivery to the Providence VA Medical Center is suspended until further notice. Food delivery people will not be allowed access to the medical center, but you can meet them outside.
- The Canteen remains open during their regular hours, but there is no seating – grab & go only. In addition to grab & go service during regular business hours, the Canteen is now also offering bread, eggs, deli meat and other staples for staff convenience. Staff can pre-order family-size meals, such as lasagna, to bring home to their families with at least 48 hours advance notice, as well. More information is on the home page at https://vaww.visn1.portal.va.gov/intranet/providence/news/Pages/Need-Groceries-without-stopping-at-the-large-markets.aspx
- The Canteen Store is open as normal. The Coffee Shop, Barbershop and Library are closed.
- Your leadership has current contact information for you.
- You always keep your PIV card with you along with the Network Director’s letter designating VA healthcare employees as essential personnel.
- Inpatients will not be allowed visitors, except under rare and extenuating circumstances.
- Only one person may accompany a Veteran to an outpatient appointment or Emergency Department visit.
- No one under the age of 18, unless a caregiver, will be able to attend a patient appointment.
- The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling 24/7 and is confidential, call 800-985-5990, text “TalkWithUs” to 66746, or visit https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distresshelpline
- The Providence VAMC Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, offers free and confidential short-term counseling, referrals and follow-up services. For an appointment, please contact Marie L. Sullivan, LICSW, BCD, CCM, Polytrauma/TBI & SCI/ALS Program Coordinator, 401-273-7100, ext. 3425 or Marie.Sullivan2@va.gov
- The Providence VAMC Chaplain Service provides spiritual support and counseling for Veterans and staff, and are available at 401-273-7100, ext. 3000, or email Chaplain Rotunda East at Rotunda.East@va.gov
- Call 800-827-1000, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Visit www.va.gov
During a VA-declared emergency:
VA Employees should return to this page for updates. For more information about this emergency, go to our main Emergency Information page.