Update at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation
April 17, 2020
To the Community and Members of the Media:
Good afternoon. It has been a quiet day at Riverbend – our staff continue to tend to the needs of our resident community, and our residents continue to exhibit signs of improvement and recovery on both floors of the building. We have just a few items to share with you today:
- We understand that the County released a report yesterday about the impact of COVID-19 on the Riverbend community, and that the report included a timeline of events. The presentation of that timeline creates the impression that there was a delay between the time Riverbend received notice of its first COVID-positive result and the time it reported that information to the County Department of Health. Please be advised that there was no such delay. The Facility learned of its first COVID-19 positive test result on April 1, 2020. On that same day, April 1, 2020, we notified the Wyandotte County Health Department as we are required to do. We contacted the Health Department yesterday regarding this issue, and have been advised that they will take action to correct this misunderstanding.
- We believe it is important to take what we have learned from our COVID-19 experience at Riverbend, and identify opportunities to enhance infection prevention and control practices generally. In this regard, we have been asked to partner with geriatricians and other professionals in the field to discuss Long Term Care and Post-Acute Care COVID-19 Planning and Prevention Guidance going forward. We consider this a critical initiative, and are committed to contributing to it in any way that we can. We consider it a privilege to be a part of this important discussion, and wish to express our gratitude for the invitation.
- Finally, we express our thanks to the team at Aquinas Home Health who showed up to the Facility today and decorated the windows of some of our residents with paint and signs expressing love and encouragement. The gesture was even more inspirational because the artists were members of the community we serve, and we want to say a big thank you to those individuals as well. Our residents and staff genuinely felt the love.
We hope you all enjoy the rest of your Friday, and we look forward to updating you again tomorrow.
Cory Schulte Maureen Purvis, RN
Administrator Director of Nursing