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Medical Center campus tightens ID swipe access to allow heath screenings

Starting July 29, anyone without a University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) identification badge must enter the 601 Elmwood/Crittenden campus through one of four designated entrances (view map) where they will undergo a health screening process before proceeding into the Medical Center facility.

URMC faculty, staff, postdocs, and students will continue to have swipe-in access at other entrances of the Medical Center. Vendors, contractors, volunteers, and many other University badge holders will no longer have swipe-in access to the facility.

These changes will help URMC comply with government regulations that require all persons entering the hospital campus to have completed symptom screening specific to the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions apply to the very east end of the campus starting on East Drive (where the hospitals are) through the Delmonte Neuro-Medicine Institute on Kendrick Road. The School of Nursing and Saunders Research Building will not be affected.

“We are making this change to ensure that every person entering the 601 Elmwood Avenue and Crittenden Blvd Campus has completed symptom screening,” says Kathy Parrinello, executive vice president and COO of Strong Memorial Hospital. “URMC faculty, staff, and students complete symptom screening online with Dr. Chat Bot prior to coming to work and managers are able to verify for all team members that this has been completed. Others will complete the symptom screening at designated entrances where we have staff ready to help them.”

Swipe access for students, postdocs, and employees with River Campus ID badges will be allowed at the main entrance of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the rear entrance near Flaum Atrium adjacent to the Finger Lakes Café, and the entrance adjacent to the Class of 1962 auditorium. This will provide convenient access for students and postdocs who conduct research at the Medical Center and will also allow all University employees access to the Employee Pharmacy (see more details below).

“UR students, postdocs and employees who enter through these SMD entrances, however, must report to one of the main entrances if they travel into the hospital past the Red/Green elevator bay,” Parrinello says. “That way we can ensure they are screened.”

The hospital’s main Lobby entrance will remain open 24/7. The other designated entry points for those without a URMC ID badge are:

  • First floor hospital garage entryway (open 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • GCH & WCI main entrances (open 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Mental Health & Wellness entrance (open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

View a map of entrances and a list of badges that no longer have swipe-in access.

For Managers:

  • Remember, URMC faculty, staff who complete their Dr. Chat Bot screening may continue to use their identification badges to swipe into other entrances.
  • If you manage vendors, contractors or volunteers, please make them aware of these changes as appropriate.

Employee Pharmacy: Free delivery service and curbside pick-up

The pharmacy is staffed to deliver medicines to most University off-site locations within Monroe County via the University courier service. Medications should be ordered by 1 p.m. for next-business-day delivery. Visit the website and fill out the secure online delivery request form to begin the process. Curbside pickup service also is available Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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