May 29, 2020

Dear Families, Friends and Staff Members,

Governor DeWine announced during his regular press briefing Tuesday afternoon that he is creating the Congregate Care Unified Response Team, which will start aggressive COVID-19 testing in all Ohio nursing homes.

All staff members in nursing homes will be tested.  Based on subsequent information received from the Ohio Department of Health (“ODH”), it is unclear at this time if ODH will test all residents.  Once ODH clarifies if mass resident testing will occur, we will update you as we are made aware of the next steps.

Continued Safety Measures:

The steps taken to limit risk and exposure include, but are not limited to, screening and monitoring staff, essential visitors and residents with temperature checks, oxygen levels, and vital signs up to three times daily. Southern Hills is encouraging social distancing and limiting visitation to only necessary situations including ancillary deliveries (food, drugs, etc.). We have asked staff not to work at other jobs and pushed all to “STAY HOME” if not at work. We have increased intensity and frequency of disinfection and cleaning. We aggressively review and screen all admissions. We currently have adequate supplies of protective equipment for staff and residents. We are monitoring the situation daily and adapting as needed to continue to provide the best quality of care. We discuss issues with and follow the guidance of our Medical Directors and Attending Physicians daily.

Communication Options:

If there are any specific updates about your loved one, rest assured, we will contact you directly.  We still encourage you to reach out to our residents.  The telephone is a viable option.  Remember you can leave a message for our residents at or schedule a Skype call by emailing


We Remain In This Together,

Sean Kenny, Administrator