“Hudson Regional Hospital developed our testing system to assure that the community gets the most benefit from our medical staff and the limited number of testing kits,” said Dr. Nizar Kifaieh, president and chief executive officer of Hudson Regional Hospital. “We will provide regular updates throughout the COVID-19 crisis and we expect to expand and improve this program as instant tests become available in greater quantities.”
Kifaieh said concerns of the spread and treatment of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, have disrupted many lives already and as a community, “[w]e need to be vigilant about prevention practices in order to reduce the severity of what now qualifies as a pandemic.”
The tests are part of the hospital’s extensive COVID-19 response program to prevent, diagnose and treat the illness both inside the hospital and in the surrounding community, which includes constant, direct contact with The New Jersey State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the most up-to-the-minute information and care procedures for residents of Secaucus and the greater Hudson and Bergen counties area.
The screening process begins with a phone call; people who meet certain criteria can call (201) 388-1097 for a discussions with a health care professional who will set an appointment, if appropriate. Drive-thru screening will take place in the hospital, and if needed, additional tests will be performed in a specially designated area. Test results will be provided once available within 3 to 5 days.
The hospital has also re-enforced internal processes to prevent infection, including twice-daily employee screenings.