We are Here and Open for You

Getting the care that you need, when you need it, matters. At Mount Nittany Health, we are here and safely opening more of our services for you, while continuing our extra measures to keep everyone safe. 

It is safe to seek hospital and emergency care at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Please expect the following ways to keep you safe:

  • Special cleaning of all areas several times a day
  • Screening everyone before they enter the facility
  • No visitors, except for special situations to limit the number of people in the hospital or emergency department (ED).
  • Requiring patients, visitors, employees and providers to mask
  • Screening patients before they enter the ED for COVID-19, and directing them to a specialized, isolated area for care
  • Designated, specialized unit for hospitalized patients with COVID
  • Using telehealth when possible to provide care
  • Telephone screening all lab and imaging patients ahead of their appointments
  • Added special protective barriers between patients and staff in registration areas

Mount Nittany Physician Group practices and other offsite locations

Please expect the following ways to keep you safe:

  • Special cleaning of all areas several times a day
  • Screening everyone before they enter the facility
  • Requiring all patients, employees and providers to mask
  • Using telehealth when possible to provide care
  • Added special protective barriers between patients and staff in registration areas
  • Scheduling time between patient visits to limit/eliminate people in the waiting rooms.
  • For pediatric patients, symptomatic children will be seen in our Boalsburg office and asymptomatic and well children will be seen at our Bellefonte location.

For non-emergency surgeries and procedures:

Elective and non-emergency surgeries have resumed at Mount Nittany Health Surgical Center and Mount Nittany Medical Center. It’s important that we provide the care to you that was delayed during the past two months because of the pandemic. However, to ensure that you and our staff are safe, it will take us some time to reschedule everyone, so we thank you in advance for your continued patience and support. Your health and safety is our main priority.

You can expect the following from us to protect you during this time:

  • Your surgeon’s office will contact you to reschedule your surgery. If your condition has worsened, please call your doctor.
  • One week ahead of your surgery, we will call you to screening you and coordinate special arrangements with you.
  • Special cleaning of all areas several times a day
  • Screening everyone before they enter the facility
  • No visitors, except for special situations to limit the number of people in the hospital or Surgical Center. Anyone accompanying a patient to the procedure or surgery will be asked to provide a cell phone number for updates.
  • Requiring patients, visitors, employees and providers to mask
  • Added special protective barriers between patients and staff in registration areas

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COVID-19 Pre-Surgical Testing Patient Instructions

Will I need to be tested for COVID-19 before having an elective surgery or procedure done?

  • Yes. Your surgeon will give you an order and instructions for COVID-19 nasal swabbing. This will need to be done 3 business days before your procedure. COVID-19 testing is only available Monday through Friday (testing is NOT available over the weekend).
  • Your surgeon will set up and give you specific instructions on the date, time, and location of when to have nasal swabbing. It is very important to arrive to this appointment on time. If it is missed, it can delay or cancel your procedure.
  • The COVID-19 testing MUST be completed before NOON on your testing date, as results are time sensitive. Test results will be sent to your surgeon and anesthesia team.

After I have been tested for COVID-19, what are my instructions before my procedure?

  • Self-isolate yourself at home; follow physical social distancing, and handwashing guidelines. This also includes other family members and household contacts.
  • Avoid social gatherings, bars/restaurants, public events, close contact with others, unnecessary travel, etc. If you need groceries, please wear a mask, sanitize your hands, and stay 6-feet away from others. Limit exposure time to less than 10 minutes with anyone outside of your household.
  • Please notify your surgeon or anesthesia team if you develop any new symptoms including fevers, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting.

What else should I expect before my procedure?

  • You will receive a screening call the day before your surgery. The nurse will ask about any symptoms and travel history for you and those in your household. Please tell the nurse at this time if you will need help getting from your car into the hospital (for example a wheelchair).
  • Upon arrival at the Mount Nittany Health facility on the day of your procedure, you and your passengers will be asked screening questions and have your temperatures checked.
  • Visitor restrictions are currently in place. Visitors are not permitted, unless special circumstances exist. Please provide staff with a phone number to contact your driver and/or emergency contact person. Staff and surgeons will notify them with any updates.

If you have any questions, please contact your surgeon.