Habersham Co. - Habersham Medical Center (HMC) made the announcement Monday, May 11, that they would be resuming elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures.
“Habersham Medical Center is taking the appropriate steps to safely resume elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures that were previously suspended due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” HMC spokesperson Kesha Clinkscale said in a release.
The decision to reschedule clinically appropriate procedures was made in accordance with federal and state guidance. Current projections indicate a lower than expected volume of COVID-19 in the region, which means less strain on healthcare resources.
“It is critical for HMC to resume elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures. Doing so will enable our hospital to continue providing exceptional healthcare to our community,” said Tyler Williams, incoming Chief Executive Officer of HMC. “As we move forward to resuming this work, our priority has and will always be to ensure our hospital is a safe place for our patients, providers and employees. We will continue conserving critical supplies and exercise extreme caution against the threats associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Habersham Medical Center has carefully followed guidance from federal, state and local officials,” Clinkscale said. “Hospital leadership monitors the prevalence of the virus in the community, and appropriately allocates supplies and resources to frontline staff, including personal protective equipment like masks, gowns, gloves and goggles.”
HMC will initially focus on scheduling patients with more time-sensitive health needs. Patients who are scheduled and approved for procedures must meet specific requirements, including passing standard COVID-19 screenings and testing.
The hospital will continue to screen and mask everyone who enters the facility and maintain a zero visitor protocol for the foreseeable future.
“These important measures have had a positive impact on ensuring a safe environment, and they also are aligned with the federal government’s guidelines,” Clinkscale wrote.