Scenic Mountain Medical Center continues to monitor the national and global situation of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and is prepared to support our community and safely care for any ill patient. Out of an abundance of caution, we have activated hospital preparedness protocols to:
- Prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including COVID-19, within the facility.
- Maintain the health and wellbeing of our employees.
- Promptly identify and isolate patients with possible COVID-19 and inform the correct facility staff and public health authorities.
- Care for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 as part of routine operations, and potentially care for a larger number of patients in case of an escalating outbreak.
What to do if you're sick
Stay home except to get medical care
- Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
- Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.
- Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.
- As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
- Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people with the virus limit contact with animals until more information is known.
Call Ahead before visiting your doctor
Call ahead: If you have a medical appointment, call your doctor’s office or emergency department, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.
Monitor your symptoms
- Seek medical attention but call first: Seek medical care right away if your illness is worsening (for example, if you have difficulty breathing).
- Call your doctor before going in: Before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.
- Use the SMMC phone screening by calling: 432-268-4785. This hotline is available 24/7.
The health and safety of our patients, visitors, employees, and our communities remain our top priority at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Therefore, in line with the latest guidance provided by the CDC and the Texas Department of State Health related to COVID-19, all hospital visitors will be restricted until further notice. The only exceptions are for women in labor and end of life circumstances, who will be allowed 1 (one) visitor each. All patients who enter the hospital through available access points will be screened immediately upon arrival. Points of entrance will be limited to:
1. ER Entrance 24/7
2. West Texas Medical Plaza (Monday-Friday 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM)
Medical Supplies Donations
At Scenic Mountain Medical Center, we are humbled by the generosity of all who have inquired about donating medical supplies to support our staff and patients during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are gratefully accepting donations of medical supplies for our “Rainy Day Bank.”
Donations must be in unopened, original packaging and in accordance with approved hospital standards.
Requested donation categories include:
Disinfection Wipes & Liquids
General Purpose Hand Cleansers
Disposable Head Covers/Caps
N95 Respirator Face Masks
Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs)
Disposable Face Masks
Donations can be delivered:
1. By Mail to: SMMC (Attention to Materials)
1601 W. 11th Place
Big Spring, Texas 79720
2. In person (with scheduled delivery)
Please do not drop off. To schedule a drop off time/location, contact Daniel Moreno at 432-553-1271 or April Arms at 432-213-0740 or by emailing Martin.Morenoii@steward.org or April.Arms@Steward.Org