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CGH Medical Center Prepares for Dangerous Wind Chills; Warming Station Opens

Community news | Tuesday, January 29, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Rebecca Green

(815) 625-0400 ext: 4582

rgreen@cghmc.com

Sterling, IL (January 28, 2019) - Although CGH Medical Center is always here for you, we are also concerned about the health and safety of our patients and employees.

“With frostbite occurring within a matter of minutes in the frigid forecasted temperatures and wind chills, we are urging everyone to stay inside and stay warm unless absolutely medically necessary over the next few days,” said CGH President and CEO, Dr. Paul Steinke.

Therefore, CGH Medical Center is announcing the following schedule changes:

  • Tuesday, January 29 – CGH Medical Center, the CGH Main Clinic and all outlying clinics will have normal operating hours. If for some reason an appointment or procedure needs to be cancelled, our offices will contact you.

  • Wednesday, January 30 (all day) and Thursday, January 31 (a.m. hours only) – The CGH Main Clinic and all outlying clinics will be CLOSED. If you have a procedure or test at the hospital, and it has been cancelled, we will call you.

  • Thursday, January 31 at 1 p.m. – CGH Medical Center, the CGH Main Clinic and all outlying clinics will resume normal operating hours.

If you would like to reschedule an appointment and have not heard from us, please call 815-625-0400 and you will be directed to the proper department to reschedule, or visit www.cghmc.com/winter to find the direct number to call to make your cancellation.

Additionally, CGH welcomes anyone who needs relief from the cold to use the CGH Emergency Room lobby and cafeteria, located at 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling. Cafeteria hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

“If you must go out, it’s very important that you dress you properly for the extreme cold, including a heavy coat, hat, scarf, mittens or gloves and boots,” added Dr. Steinke.

Frostbite can occur in a matter of minutes. Early signs of frostbite include red or pale skin, prickling, and numbness. Seek warm shelter if you notice signs of frostbite, and don’t walk on frostbitten feet. Seek emergency medical help if the affected area includes pale or blue skin that feels cold, numb, and stiff or rubbery to the touch, or if you suspect hypothermia.

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