Salem Hospital, a rural, rural institution in southeastern Virginia, has been serving the people of the state for more than 100 years.
Its gowns have been a staple of the hospital for centuries.
But the dress code changed recently, with the hospital’s CEO citing health concerns and the need for an easier way to dress.
We spoke with the CEO of Salem Hospital to find out how a little bit changed the way they dress.
“I think we are now living in a new era of healthcare, with a lot of changes in healthcare in the last 20 years,” said Sarah A. Moore, Salem Hospital’s CEO.
“The dress code has been very clear, and the guidelines have been very good, but there has also been a lot more transparency with the dress policy and the dress guidelines, so now there is a little more freedom with how they dress.”
“We are very conscious about making sure that we are providing our patients with the best quality of care and the best protection,” Moore added.
“When I talk to our patients, it’s always, ‘I need the best dress and I need the safest dress for the safest situation.'”
But while Moore is committed to creating the safest gowns possible, the dress department has a few guidelines they want to stick to.
Moore said that she doesn’t feel comfortable showing off the size chart, but does have a size chart on her website, so she has been able to offer guidance to other patients and staff.
“It’s very important for me that people know that we have a large size chart,” Moore said.
“I have a chart that is on my website that is just so clear, because I know what the best size is.
But if I am the one in a situation that is not going to go over, I will make sure to do a size adjustment to my dress.”
Moore said she also encourages her staff to be respectful of each other’s bodies.
“If you feel that you need to show off your body, don’t show off the way you feel about your body,” she said.
“Just know that there are some of us that are very uncomfortable in our skin and our skin is going to be different than anyone else’s skin, so if you have a problem with it, we can help you get it sorted out.”
Moore also said that her staff will help patients to know what their body type is, which helps them to feel comfortable dressing appropriately.
“We just have a very large area in our department where there are patients that are overweight and that we feel that our gowns need to accommodate that,” Moore explained.
“So we work very closely with our gown makers, who are actually our dress makers, and we have an office that has a great amount of space and a lot space to help people with that.”
Moore added that there is also a dress department that makes all of the necessary products to dress every patient in their needs.
“There are a lot products that we use in our gown department, and it is all of those things that we can really help people find the best gown for them,” she explained.
The dress department also has a dress code, and Moore said she hopes that the new dress policy will encourage patients to feel more comfortable in their dress, as well.
“As the new president of the company, I want our dress department to be able to make the right choices,” she concluded.
“Hopefully, the new policies will make it easier for people to dress appropriately.”