TABLE OF CONTENTS
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1. COVID-19 in Henry County
2. HCMC Emergency Operations Plan
3. Healthcare Heroes (Share a Story)
4. Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs
5. What to do if you think you are sick
6. What to do if you are sick
7. Henry County Quarantine Help Line – (731) 644-8337
8. Facility Visitation & Masking Policy
9. Pharmacy and Pharmacy Assistance Program
10. Henry County Healthcare Center & Plumley Rehab
11. Class & Event Cancellations
12. HCMC Medical Clinics
13. Volunteer Program & Gift Shop
14. Patient Medical Health Records, Lab Results, & Paying Bills
15. Donations of Masks & Personal Protective Equipment

COVID-19 in Henry County

HCMC is dedicated to providing truthful, transparent information and report information to necessary sources as required by law.  For the latest news releases from HCMC on COVID-19, visit www.hcmc-tn.org/news.

Henry County Medical Center COVID-19 Data

This data is meant to provide a rough estimate and may differ or change as new information becomes available. Last updated June 1, 2020, 9:30 a.m.


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County of OriginPositivesNegativesTotal Tested*Hospitalizations^Deaths
Henry County14unknownunknown00
Other4unknownunknown00
Totals1837640100

*This is only the tests that HCMC has done since 3/13/2020 with inpatients, through the Emergency Room, or through our drive through located outside the Emergency Department. This does not include any tests collected at other facilities, provider offices, or the health department, just those completed at HCMC.
^This only includes current hospitalizations at HCMC.


Henry County Medical Center Reports Treating First COVID-19 Patient
March 27, 2020

Henry County Medical Center Reports First Known Positive COVID-19 in Henry County
March 28, 2020

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HCMC Emergency Operations Plan

With the Declaration of Local State of Emergency for Public Health by the City of Paris and the County of Henry, Henry County Medical Center is activating its Emergency Operations Plan and moving to Doctor Extra Level 1 with Normal Business Operations effective immediately.  

With the support of Dr. Scott Whitby, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Lisa Casteel, HCMC CEO the organization moved to Doctor Extra Level 1 status to help us prepare for the continued progress of the COVID-19 pandemic in our state, region, and community.  

Declaring this first level of emergency preparedness allows HCMC to open up medical staff credentialing for temporary privileges for physicians and providers who may need to come into the community from across the country to assist us with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Additionally, it allows HCMC to establish incident command, which will activate the surge plan for the organization if we have an influx of cases at our facility.  

“Normal business operations at HCMC will continue,” said Lisa Casteel, CEO at HCMC. “We are just preparing for the next step as the community begins to see more cases of COVID-19.”

Physicians and HCMC administration are supportive of the declaration of the city and county to Shelter at Home and continuing the direction of Governor Bill Lee.

Reference Full Article: HCMC Activates Doctor Extra Level 1 Normal Operations in Its Emergency Operations Plan for the Organization
April 8, 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

Download our Coronavirus FAQs Flyer.

View an infographic of ‘What we Know’ about COVID-19 symptoms, how it spreads, and treatment.

What is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified.

What are the symptoms and complications that Novel Coronavirus 2019 can cause?

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

How does the virus spread?

It’s not clear yet how easily COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person. When person-to-person spread has occurred with MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Spread of MERS and SARS between people has generally occurred between close contacts.

What are the recommended precautions against the virus?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing.

Has anyone in the U.S gotten infected?

Yes. There have been confirmed cases in the U.S. See the current U.S. case count of infection with COVID-19 at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

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What to do if you think you are sick

1. Contact your primary care doctor. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, please call your county health department so the health department can coordinate your medical evaluation and testing.

  • State of TN Number: COVID-19 Public Information Number: 877-857-2945. Available 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. CST Daily
  • Henry County Health Department: 731-642-4025        
  • Weakley County Health Department: 731-364-2210        
  • Benton County Health Department: 731-584-4944
  • Carroll County Health Department: 731-986-1990        
  • Stewart County Health Department: 931-232-5329

2. Be sure to call before visiting your doctor and tell them you might have COVID-19. When you arrive, steps will be taken to reduce exposure to other patients.

Again, if you believe you meet the criteria for the coronavirus including having the symptoms, traveling outside the United States or in the domestic hot spots associated with COVID – 19, or being in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please call your primary care provider to arrange for medical evaluation and testing.  If you present to our Emergency Department without a provider order for testing, you will be registered as an ER patient and be treated and charged as an ER patient, as well as masked and isolated. If you have an order for testing from your provider, you will be instructed to park in the ER parking lot and a clinical staff member will come out and do the testing through our outpatient lab services.

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What to do if you are sick

1. Stay at home except for medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.

2. Call ahead before visiting your doctor and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. Once you arrive, your provider’s team will take steps to keep others from getting infected or exposed.

3. Wear a mask when you are around other people or pets, and when going to a medical appointment.

4. Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues, throw away the tissue and immediately wash your hands. Cough into your elbow if tissues and hand washing are not available.

5. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Be sure to cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

6. Do not share household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with family members, friends or pets.

7. Separate yourself from your family and animals. Stay in a specific room away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom if possible. Do not handle pets or other animals.

8. Clean hard surfaces in your home, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables, daily with antibacterial/anti-germicidal solutions such as Clorox or Lysol.

9. Monitor your symptoms and report to the emergency room if you have a fever of 103 or higher or if you have difficulty breathing. Be sure to call before seeking medical care to reduce exposure to others.

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Henry County Quarantine Help Line

Help Line for those Quarantined at Home in Henry County(731) 644-8337

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY Press Release PDF
March 29th, 2020

If you have just been tested for COVID-19 or have symptoms:

  1. SELF-QUARANTINE. STAY HOME. DO NOT GO OUT IN PUBLIC FOR 14 DAYS OR UNTIL YOU RECEIVE RESULTS OF A NEGATIVE TEST.
  2. Review handouts provided by HCMC or other healthcare providers.
  3. Call the COVID-19 Help Line at (731) 644-8337 if you need assistance with meal delivery, medications, or other supplies as needed. Leave your name and number on the voicemail and someone from the Henry County Sheriffs Department Help Team will call you back to arrange for your needs.
  4. If your symptoms get worse or you experience shortness of breath, please call your medical provider or go to the closest Emergency Room.

Download COVID-19 Information for Patients Flyer.

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Facility Visitation & Masking Policy

Updates made to information on Monday, May 4th.

As changes continue to be announced by Federal, State, and Local governments, Henry County Medical Center continues to have updates to its services and visitation guidelines to ensure that our patients, partners, and community continue to be safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.  

NO VISITORS ALLOWED

The only exceptions will be needed caregivers or support persons such as a driver or parent of a patient under 18 years of age. Some special circumstances may apply and will be approved on a case-by-case basis, mainly End-Of-Life situations.

Download our Current Visitation Policy Flyer.

UNIVERSAL MASKING PROCEDURE

Henry County Medical Center remains committed to providing high-quality, compassionate, and safe patient care while ensuring the safety of our workforce.  To this end, employees, visitors, and patients will be asked to wear a mask while on a HCMC campus. 

The exception to this would include those healthcare professionals wearing N95 respirators (while providing care for presumed or known COVID-19 positive patients), intubated patients, and pediatric patients under the age of two years. 

We recognize this is a departure from standard infection prevention; however, the CDC has published guidelines recommending all persons wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing cannot be achieved. The practices will be continually monitored and re-evaluated.

HCMC also has a video that provides a tutorial on how to wear and care for your masks.

Given what we have learned about COVID-19, this universal mask approach will serve to:

  1. Protect our community should the healthcare worker or patient have presymptomatic or asymptomatic COVID-19 infection.
  2. Protect our healthcare workers should they come in close contact with an individual with either presymptomatic or mild COVID-19 infection or who has symptoms that have not yet been recognized.

To be successful, this new approach will require support from all of us across the enterprise and require the following:

  • Strict adherence to extended use/reuse of masks.
  • Meticulous adherence to hand hygiene.
  • Proper mask use and hygiene including wearing the mask as directed to cover the mouth and nose.
  • Strict avoidance of manipulation/touching the mask to reduce the risk of contamination and self-inoculation.

Conservation of PPE & Mask Donations

HCMC has an adequate, but not inexhaustible, stock of masks for staff and patient utilization.  In an effort to maintain the supply, conservation of masks is essential.  We have no way to predict how long this pandemic will affect us.  In an effort to ensure masks continue to be available to healthcare workers, we must make all efforts to conserve our supply.  In the event the supply of procedure/surgical masks prohibits this strategy, distribution of masks will be prioritized based on the highest risk clinical activities.  Supply chain is working diligently to secure additional stocks of masks.

Many individuals, groups and businesses from the community have generously offered to help assist in our preparedness efforts by sewing cloth masks.

If you would be interested in making and donating cloth masks, please reference the Donations information below.


Henry County Medical Center announced today it will lift the temporary restrictions placed on elective surgery and outpatient procedures due to COVID-19.  The decision follows the release of Governor Lee’s plan for the state.  HCMC will begin surgeries starting Friday, May 1 with a phased approach.  

Safety protocols put in place regarding care include, but are not limited to: 

  • All individuals entering Henry County Medical Center facilities, including partners and providers, will continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms including temperature checks daily.
  • All individuals entering Henry County Medical Center facilities will be asked to wear a mask. Patients and visitors are asked to bring their own masks.  If they do not have one available, one will be provided based on supplies available at the hospital, Surgery Center, and Diagnostic Center.
  • All care team members will wear surgical masks and protective eye wear, as well as other necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), when caring for patients. 
  • Visitors will still be prohibited. A support person will be allowed for surgical patients; delivering OB mothers; children under the age of 18; patients with confusion, altered mental status or developmental delays; and end-of-life patients.
  • Six-foot social distances will be established in public areas such as waiting rooms. 
  • Extra cleaning and disinfection of high-touch, public surface areas will continue. 
  • Infectious patients will continue to be cared for in isolation, away from non-infectious patients.
  • Surveillance statistics of our community and regional area will be monitored for trends and stability.
  • Utilization of hospital beds, ventilators, and PPE will be monitored to ensure ability if there is a need.

In addition to safety protocols, Henry County Medical Center remains prepared to cease non-essential procedures in the event a surge or peak of COVID-19 develops in the area.

“We’re able to lift restrictions due to the low COVID-19 transmission rate within our community and our ability to secure supplies,” said Casteel. “However, our new normal is that we now live with surveillance statistical monitoring to ensure stability. As people resume activities, we may see a spike in the virus and we will always side on protecting our patients, healthcare workers and community by returning to more restrictive policies and protocols. Until a vaccine or cure is found, Henry County Medical Center will support and follow established protocols.”

To remain prepared, HCMC will monitor its supplies and its ability to procure supplies.  HCMC will also maintain established guidelines for occupancy availability. As such, HCMC will begin a phased approach at an 85% capacity.  We will continually evaluate and monitor to ensure patient safety and surveillance needs. In addition, HCMC will collaborate with the medical staff and the TN Department of Health and the Henry County Health Department to continually evaluate incidences and trends of COVID-19 cases within Henry County and the surrounding area. 

Patients who wish to schedule their elective surgery or outpatient procedure should first visit with their appropriate ordering provider.

Entrance to HCMC: HCMC is also adjusting its Entrance Access to patients and visitors effective immediately.  There will only be 3 Patient/Support Person entrances to HCMC; the entrance from the patient parking lot/bridge, the front circle entrance, and the Emergency Department entrance. All other entrances will be locked for patients and visitors.

Entrance Hours: The two front entrances will be locked daily to patients/support persons from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. and will be locked on the weekends starting at 5 p.m. on Friday to open at 5 a.m. on Monday. The Emergency Department entrance will be open 24 hours a day.

Visitor Badge & Temperature: Anyone entering the facility as a patient or support person of the patient must check in at one of the desks and receive a Visitor Badge and have his/her temperature taken. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees will be asked to leave the facility.

HCMC Diagnostic Center: Beginning Monday, May 4, the HCMC Diagnostic Center’s new hours will be Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.  For questions or assistance with scheduling or changing appointments, call 731-644-8486, option 1.

HCMC Medical Clinics: Henry County Medical Center’s Medical Clinics will begin taking steps to return to normal business hours this week. View HCMC Clinic updates.

Their policy that went into effect on March 20, 2020, still stands:

  • If you have a fever or cough, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER.  
  • Call the Diagnostic Center and you will be given instructions on how to proceed.  The number is 731-644-8233.
  • Only ONE support person per patient will be allowed in the Diagnostic Center.  NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO WAIT IN THE WAITING ROOM.
  • To protect all patients, NO CHILDREN WILL BE ALLOWED under the age of 18 in Diagnostic Center unless they are the patient.
  • Mandatory temperature checks will be taken on all patients entering the HCMC Diagnostic Center.

HCMC Center for Wellness & Rehab: HCMC Center for Wellness & Rehab has also been following a very similar policy and is as follows:

  • If you have a fever or cough, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER.  
  • NO visitors under the age of 18. 
  • Mandatory temperature checks will be taken on all patients entering HCMC Center for Wellness & Rehab. 

HCMC Cardiac Rehab: HCMC Cardiac Rehab will continue to be open daily for patients.  The guidelines for Cardiac Rehab are as follows:

  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.  If you have fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, or fatigue, please stay home.
  • Mandatory temperature checks will be taken on all patients entering Cardiac Rehab.
  • No more than 10 people total are allowed in Cardiac Rehab at one time.
  • Please limit exercise to ONE hour to allow for other patients to exercise within our patient limits based on our new guidelines.
  • Continue to clean equipment before and after exercising and wash your hands with soap and water where available or hand sanitizer. 

Download the Cardiac Rehab Policy Flyer.

Dr. Wayne Gibson and Cindy Norman, NP, are accepting office visits for heart patients at the Paris Henry County Office of Saint Thomas Heart located in the HCMC Kelley Clinic. All other Saint Thomas physicians’ offices in Henry County are closed. 

Women’s Center (OB Unit): Only one support person will be allowed with the patient.

Special Care Nursery: Only the mother and father will be allowed for visitation. No grandparents or other immediate family.

HCMC Iris Cafe will be closed to the public. Partners and allowed visitors per guidelines ONLY.

HCMC Pink Petal Gift Shop: Closed until further notice.

Lake Haven Behavioral Center:  No visitors allowed.

Emergency Room Visitation Policy:  no visitation to be allowed in the ER rooms unless:

  • There is a need for a caregiver
  • The patient is under age and needs a parent
  • Or, there are special circumstances approved by the medical provider (physician or midlevel) treating the patient.

Download our ER Visitation Policy Flyer.

HCMC In Home Equipment + Supplies: Our Durable Medical Equipment Services is currently doing business as usual delivering to client homes as well as HCMC, Provider Clinics, and HCHC & Plumley Rehab.  The retail location on East Wood Street is locked, but customers can either call 731-644-8410 for entry or they can knock on the door and someone will meet them. If customers wish to enter the building, they will be screened according to HCMC guidelines for entrance into the facility.  For those who prefer not to enter, staff can meet them at their vehicle in the parking lot of HCMC In Home Equipment + Supplies and we will deliver to the vehicle. We do ask that you call the number ahead of time with make and model as well as date and time you plan to arrive. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with staff on-call for emergencies after hours and on the weekend.

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Pharmacy and Pharmacy Assistance Program

Information updated Friday, March 20th.

Though Henry County Medical Center is no longer allowing visitors into the organization, patients who need to pick up their medications from the HCMC Pharmacy and the Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation Pharmacy Assistance Program can still do so.

Those needing to pick up prescriptions through the Pharmacy Assistance Program can call either 731-644-8215 or 731-644-8300 and provide the day and time they plan to come to HCMC to get their medications.  Medications will be available for pick up at the HCMC Front Circle Desk from one of the partners with the program.  

If you have been referred to the pharmacy assistance program and need to bring in documentation for the program or meet with our staff with the program, please call 731-644-8215 or 731-644-8300.  They will meet with you for drop off of documents at the HCMC Front Circle Desk or make other arrangements with you.  

The HCMC Pharmacy is still filling prescriptions for patients and these medications can be picked up at the Pharmacy by entering either the entrance from the Patient Parking Lot Bridge or the Front Circle and checking in with one of the staff members at the desks.  Please inform them you are here to pick up prescriptions. If you have a fever and are coughing, remain in your car and call the hospital pharmacy at 731-644-8341 for instructions.

Due to new visitation restrictions, prescriptions should be picked up Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Prescriptions needed on the weekend, please call the pharmacy at 731-644-8341.  

“We are here to serve you so do not hesitate to give us a call,” said Paula Bell, Director of Pharmacy.

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Class & Event Cancellations

Information updated Monday, May 4th.

As the state begins to take steps to reopen businesses and restaurants, Henry County Medical Center is actively looking at our programs and services and developing the best approach to ensure the safety of our patients, staff, visitors, and community. 

Starting this week, Total Joint Replacement Classes that occur each Tuesday in the HCMC Private Dining Room at 1 p.m. will continue as planned, but will occur in HCMC Classrooms 2 & 3.  Patients attending these will be contacted and small class size will be implemented.  These classes are important for best outcomes and success for those having these surgeries.  

Additionally, Breastfeeding Support Group which meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Paris Women’s Center Educational Room will continue as scheduled.

The following events have been cancelled for the month of May at this time:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group – Tuesday, May 19 at 5 p.m., HCMC Classrooms 2 & 3
  • Better Breathers Support Group – Monday, May 18 at 2 p.m., HCMC Cafeteria
  • Cancer Support Group – Thursday, May 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church
  • HCMC Auxiliary Monthly Meeting – Wednesday, May 27, 11 a.m., HCMC Classrooms
  • Chronic Disease Management Screenings – Wednesday, May 20 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., HCMC Private Dining Room.  If you need your lab work completed prior to next screening, please call the Healthcare Foundation office at 731-644-8215.
  • Henry County Office on Aging Blood Pressures – Tuesday, May 5 and Tuesday, May 19, 9 a.m.

Sadly, Henry County Medical Center will be suspending both its Job Shadowing Program and Junior Volunteer Program for the summer. 
Additionally, the annual Geranium/Plant Sale held by the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation has been cancelled for May 7 & 8.  The Uniform Sale that was to be held on Tuesday, May 12, has now been moved to June.  Please be looking for the upcoming date.

The application deadline for the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation Plumley Scholarship is now Friday, May 1 and can be e-mailed to tdaughrity@hcmccmc-tn.org or faxed to 731-644-8360.

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HCMC Medical Clinics

Updates made to information on Monday, May 4th.

Henry County Medical Center owns and operates seven provider clinics.  These are as follows:

Henry County Medical Center and its Medical Clinics will begin taking steps to return to normal business hours this week. Additionally, several of the clinics are offering virtual visits as an option for care. The HCMC Medical Clinics participating in Virtual Visits include Eagle Creek Clinic, Transitions Health, Paris Women’s Center, Paris Pediatrics, Paris Pulmonology, and Innovative Orthopedics. You can call each clinic for more specific information for this type of care.

Paris Women’s Center: Beginning Monday, May 4, the office hours will return to regular hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  If you need assistance, please call the nurse line at 731-644-8225.  OB patients, please contact 731-676-2992 with any issues. 

Paris Pulmonary Clinic: Effective immediately, Paris Pulmonary Clinic is seeing patients from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  For an appointment, call 731-641-2765. 

Kentucky Lake Urologic Associates: Kentucky Lake Urologic Associates is now open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Innovative Orthopedics: Innovative Orthopedics is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If you need assistance, please call the nurse line at 731-642-8884.

Transitions Health and Eagle Creek Clinic: Transitions Health and Eagle Creek Clinic’s hours are modified currently to the following schedule:  

  • Transitions Health, 8 a.m. to 12 Noon, for an appointment call 731-641-2707
  • Eagle Creek Clinic, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., for an appointment call 731-407-7013

Those who are seeking care at one of our seven medical clinics will still need to follow the guidelines established in March:

  • If you have a fever or cough, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER.  Call the clinic and you will be given instructions on how to proceed.
  • Only ONE support person per patient will be allowed in the clinic and waiting areas.  
  • To protect all patients, NO CHILDREN WILL BE ALLOWED under the age of 18 in the clinic and waiting area unless they are the patient.

Download our Medical Clinics Visitation Flyer.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your health care provider.

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Volunteer Program & Gift Shop

Information updated Friday, March 20th.

After Friday, March 20, the HCMC Pink Petal Gift Shop will no longer be open and volunteers will no longer be allowed to volunteer within the organization.  

Additionally, the HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale set for April 16 and 17 has been cancelled.  The goal is to have the Summer Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale on June 18 and 19 encouraging everyone to support that event when it occurs.  

Download our Pink Petal Gift Shop Flyer.

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Patient Medical Health Records, Lab Results, and Paying Bills

Information updated Wednesday, March 25th.

Beginning immediately, patients who want to pick up their medical health records will need to call HCMC Health Information Management at 731-644-8432. You will need to provide the date and time you plan to arrive.  

Patients will need to park in the Emergency Department parking lot and walk up to the blue awning next to the Emergency Room to collect their medical health records.  Please call the above number when you arrive so that a member of the Health Information Management staff can meet you with your records. Please bring your driver’s license or a form of identification to pick up your records and be prepared to sign and fill out any necessary paperwork.

The hours of operation for Health Information Management are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Additionally, all in person bill payments are suspended at this time.  If you need to pay your hospital bill, you can do so online at www.hcmc-tn.org or you can call our Business Office at 731-644-8348 to pay your bill over the phone.  The Business Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Anyone seeking their laboratory results that have been completed at HCMC, you can access them through our patient portal or we ask you contact your healthcare provider.  Patients waiting on lab results related to COVID-19 testing must contact their healthcare provider directly for these results. Please do not call the hospital for your results.

If you have any questions or need more information, please call 731-644-8432 or call 731-644-3463.  

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Donations of Masks & Personal Protective Equipment

Information updated Friday, May 8th.

Universal masking, recommended by the CDC and JCAHO, began Friday, May 1 at the hospital, surgery center, and diagnostic center.  All other HCMC facilities are asked to encourage visitors and patients to wear masks brought from home.  HCMC has an adequate, but not inexhaustible, stock of masks for staff and patient utilization.  However, the global supply for this equipment continues to be uncertain and we are actively taking steps to secure more supplies.

Many individuals, groups and businesses from the community have generously offered to help assist in our preparedness efforts by sewing cloth masks. If you would be interested in making and donating cloth masks, we encourage you to contact us at 731-644-3463 or by e-mail at tdaughrity@hcmc-tn.org.

Small Quantity Donations can be dropped off Monday – Friday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the HCMC Front Desk Entrance located at the Circle Drive of the hospital. 

We have a recommended sewing pattern along with suggested materials as a guide for making the masks. We also ask that you consider making pediatric masks for Paris Pediatrics and our children in the hospital.

Instructions for homemade cotton facemasks.


HCMC is asking community members, including local businesses and individuals who are not involved in caring for COVID-19 patients, to donate new and unused medical and PPE that could protect staff members and providers involved in caring for our patients.  

HCMC is specifically asking for the following donations:

  • Surgical face masks & N-95 masks
  • Isolation gowns
  • Disposable exam gloves
  • Sani-cloth wipes
  • Face shields
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Specimen bags
  • Red top viral tubes (lab supply)
  • Nasal swabs (lab supply)
  • Large trash cans

Small Quantity Donations can be dropped off Monday – Friday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the HCMC Front Desk Entrance located at the Circle Drive of the hospital.  If you are capable of donating large quantities of personal protective equipment, please call the HCMC FindLine at 731-644-3463.  

We have had several calls to provide handmade surgical masks, and at this time, we are not asking the community to provide these.  We have also had people call wanting to volunteer. If you are interested in being put on our volunteer pool list, please call the Human Resources Department at 731-644-8472 or call the FindLine at 731-644-3463.

If you have any questions or need more information, please call 731-644-3463.  

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This is a rapidly evolving situation. Up-to-date information is available online:
CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html
TDH: https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html
Resource for all State of TN information: https://tha.com/focus-areas/covid-19/

CONTENT SOURCE: NATIONAL CENTER FOR IMMUNIZATION AND RESPIRATORY DISEASES (NCIRD), DIVISION OF VIRAL DISEASES