Another Area Hospital Announces It Plans To Resume Same Day Surgical Procedures On A Limited Basis

Fri 5-8-2020

(Spencer)-- Spencer Hospital announced today (Friday) it will resume same day surgical procedures on a limited basis beginning this coming Monday, May 11th. 

Spencer Hospital President Bill Bumgarner says the hospital and its medical staff have developed a plan that takes measured steps to reopen elective procedures that he says places a priority on patient and healthcare provider safety while the COVID-19 pandemic is going on. 

He says a number of protocols are being put into place including prescreening of all patients considered for elective surgery and that upon entering the hospital or clinic, patients will be asked to wear cloth masks and will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. All care team members will wear personal protective equipment, and current temporary visitor restrictions will remain in place. 

In addition, Bumgarner says Spencer Hospital will cease elective procedures in the event there's a surge in COVID-19 cases in the area.