Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers Is Open; Deemed Critical Public Infrastructure
In light of the “stay at home” order announced by Colorado Governor Jared Polis, we wanted to reassure you that Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC) remains open to provide medically necessary, life-sustaining care. Our company is committed to the health and safety of our community and has implemented rigorous policies and procedures to limit the exposure risks to any individual visiting our clinics.
In the Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response, March 19, 2020, issued under the United States Department of Homeland Security, healthcare facilities such as RMCC have been deemed as critical and will remain open. For most patients, the benefit of proceeding with their prescribed treatment plan outweighs the exposure risk posed at this time.
Whether you’re a patient, a caregiver, or are close to someone with cancer, you may have questions about COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus.
Our Commitment to Our Patients
Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC) is committed to the well-being of our patients. Cancer patients are more susceptible to viruses, including COVID-19, because of weakened and compromised immune systems. Some cancer treatments, such as targeted therapies, steroids, as well as some cancer types, like blood cancers, can result in an impaired immune system. Therefore, our cancer centers ask that all patients and caregivers abide by the following rules in order to keep everyone safe:
- If you are not feeling well and suspect you may have coronavirus (COVID-19), please call your PCP immediately. If you have symptoms of a cough, fever, or difficulty breathing; traveled to China or other areas impacted by COVID-19 within the past 14 days; been in close contact with someone who has traveled outside the U.S. to one of the impacted countries; or may have been exposed to the coronavirus, please call your RMCC office before coming in for your appointment.
Additionally the following restrictions are now in place:
- To ensure your safety, the safety of other patients and that of our staff, we are pre-screening everyone who enters our facilities.
- If you are not feeling well, but it isn’t because of COVID-19, you may be asked to wear a mask to reduce the risk of spread to others.
- In the facilities, social distancing is requested at all times – such as at the front desk and in the infusion suites.
- To promote social distancing, no one other than patients will be allowed in the facility (special exceptions may be granted on a case by case basis).
- We realize the burden on parents with the closing of schools, but no children under the age of 18 will be allowed into RMCC’s facilities until further notice.
Steps we are taking to safeguard everyone (patients and staff alike) from exposure include, but are not limited to:
- We are following all CDC and Colorado Department of Health regulations.
- Staff and patients are notified as soon as possible if there is suspected exposure and asked to monitor for symptoms.
- All clinics are cleaned regularly and high traffic areas are cleaned throughout the day. Exam rooms are sanitized between patients.
- If there is a suspected exposure, the whole facility is deep cleaned and other commons areas, such as elevators, in the building are also cleaned.
- Everyone (patients, visitors, and staff) is being pre-screened prior to entering the building. Anyone with symptoms is turned away at the door.
- We have removed all magazine, newspapers, candy, coffee and water dispensers.
- Providers are standing up to six feet away from the patient when physical contact is not necessary.
- Most providers are now offering telemedicine appointments, when possible.
- Staff that are able to work from home have been asked to do so.
General Information from the CDC
We are monitoring COVID-19 closely, and you can find the latest information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) below.