ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) announced today that it has expanded COVID-19 patient testing to three outpatient locations in Hardin, Meade and Nelson counties. Due to potentially high volumes, testing is only available by appointment to patients referred by a healthcare provider or via the HMH Patient Symptom Hotline, (270) 979-7777.
COVID-19 testing will be conducted by appointment only at the following HMH locations:
- Respiratory Viral Evaluation Clinic (RVEC) at 1004 Woodland Drive in Elizabethtown
- HMH Medical Group – Meade County Family Medicine at 534 Hillcrest Drive in Brandenburg
- HMH Medical Group – Bardstown Family Medical Center at 3615 East John Rowan Blvd in Bardstown
Increased testing at outpatient locations will allow convenient access for patients with symptoms and minimize influxes at the HMH emergency department while maintaining physical distancing.
“Increased COVID-19 testing is a goal across the Commonwealth and the country,” said HMH Vice President and Chief Medical Officer John Godfrey, M.D. “Outpatient access to COVID-19 testing at strategically located HMH facilities will help tremendously as do the video visits over 75 HMH physicians and advanced practice clinicians now use to care for patients.”
Patients experiencing respiratory symptoms are encouraged to call the HMH Patient Symptom Hotline, open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nurses will field questions and direct patients to the appropriate level of care. Hotline use should be limited to those with symptoms or those with a loved one experiencing symptoms, such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
“The HMH team is working hard to meet healthcare needs across our 10 county service area during this pandemic,” said Godfrey. “Increased testing is an important step to getting back to normal, and HMH is doing our part.”
The timing of HMH resuming more normal day-to-day operations remains undecided. HMH is actively following trusted national resources and Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s guidelines.
The community is encouraged to show their support of front-line healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic by donating to the HMH Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund at ourhmh.org/online-donations. All gifts will directly benefit HMH caregivers.