To continue to prioritize the safety of patients, employees and the community, Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) and St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC) are deferring all elective operative procedures after Friday, March 20, 2020, in response to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The decision, which was unanimously recommended by the combined Medical Executive Committees of CHH and SMMC, was made based upon the guidance from national, state and local public health officials in order to preserve resources and reduce potential exposure of patients and staff to COVID-19.
Both CHH and SMMC will continue to provide emergency surgeries and surgeries for patients whose operative condition represents a threat to their lives or a threat of permanent dysfunction.
The areas where elective operative procedures will be suspended include, but are not limited to:
Minor office procedures are not specifically prohibited, but if the procedure and the office visit are truly elective, they should be rescheduled. Patients will be contacted regarding their specific elective procedures and surgeries. Patients with questions should contact their physician.
Each hospital’s medical staff has established a physician-led team for review of all operative cases to determine if they fall under the criteria for non-elective surgery. The review teams will include perioperative leadership, anesthesia, and chiefs of section or specialty surgeons as needed. These restrictions will be reviewed every two weeks with a goal of returning to normal operations as soon as conditions allow.
As always, the best way to prevent COVID-19 infection is to avoid becoming exposed to the virus:
Both CHH and SMMC have implemented procedures to identify and care for patients in the safest manner possible to protect patients, visitors, and employees. MHN is working together with local, state and national public health officials, the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and first responders to coordinate efforts and to assure an organized response to the community’s healthcare needs.