Cottage Hospital and All Cottage Clinic Locations Installs Thermal Imaging Systems to Protect Patients, Visitors and Employees from Potential COVID-19 Exposure.

08/07/2020
Galesburg Cottage Hospital and Clinics have installed ceiling-mounted camera units that measure body temperature of people at all entry points at the hospital and at all clinic locations. The heat-detecting cameras are being used in an effort to protect front-line hospital workers and patients from a second wave of COVID-19 cases.

While a Cottage healthcare team member ensures each person entering a Cottage medical care facility wears a mask, the team member also verbally screens for COVID-19 symptoms. Meanwhile, a thermal imaging device takes each person's temperature as they walk into the building and await further screening by the staff member. The thermal scanning gives the screening personnel another tool in assessing the risk of potential exposure.

"We take the health of our patients, visitors and employees very seriously. While the installation of the infrared cameras isn't a golden ticket in the fight against COVID, it most certainly provides an additional and important tool in helping our team members assess and reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure," said Sanjay Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

Patients who enter the medical care areas of the hospital and each area clinic location (Knoxville Monmouth and Galesburg) will encounter the screening measures during operating hours:
  • Galesburg Cottage Hospital main entrance, under the canopy at 695 N. Kellogg Street, Galesburg (Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • ER, Cottage Hospital, 695 N. Kellogg Street, Galesburg (open every day, all day)
  • Cottage Clinics Medical Professional Building, 834 N. Seminary Street, Galesburg (Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
  • Cottage Knoxville Clinic, 904 East Main Street, Knoxville
  • Cottage Monmouth Clinic, #2 AmericInn Way, Suite B, Monmouth
Access to Galesburg Cottage Hospital after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and weekends is restricted to the Emergency Department entrance.

695 N. Kellogg
Galesburg, IL 61401