The Michigan Headache & Neurological Institute (MHNI) continues its regular operations. However as of Monday, March 16, 2020 hospital admissions to our inpatient program at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital can only be made with special permission from Trinity Health leadership due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In addition, most “routine” procedures performed by Dr. Moheyuddin on the hospital campus have been postponed pursuant to the same order. MHNI had no options relative to these externally imposed restrictions and has reached out to all patients who were previously scheduled. It is our understanding that these restrictions will be in place until at least the first week of April.
MHNI staff and our contracted cleaning company continue to deep clean and disinfect all patient care areas and the lobby in compliance with CDC guidelines. We want to remind all patients and visitors of MHNI of the following:
- Please call MHNI to reschedule your appointment if you are running a fever, have any symptoms of a respiratory infection, have traveled outside of the United States in the last 14 days and/or you have had any contact with anyone with the COVID-19 virus.
- Please practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In the MHNI lobby, we ask patients/visitors to spread out from each other and utilize all areas to sit while you wait for your appointment, including the quiet room. If you would like to wait in your car for your appointment, that is acceptable. We would ask you to provide your cell phone to the check-in receptionist who will let the nursing staff know of your location and your cell number.
- Only patients will be allowed into their visit, except in special circumstances. Therefore non-patients will be asked to stay in the lobby or wait in their car while the patient is brought back for their visit.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. These are available throughout MHNI.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
These are unprecedented times and the CDC guidelines keep changing on a nearly daily basis. MHNI will continue to update our procedures and policies on an ongoing basis with the best interests of our patients and staff at the center of all decisions.
Thank you for your patience as we work together through this situation.
Joel R. Saper, M.D., FAAN