Will hospitals close again?

The local Mercy Health Ardmore hospital began cancelling non-emergency inpatient surgeries, The Daily Ardmoreite reported last August. Faced with a surge of Covid-19 hospitalisations in Oregon, the hospital has not yet rescheduled its surgery. Many hospitals, such as Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, had already suspended procedures due to resource concerns, and others are evaluating surgeries on a case-by-case basis to determine if they can be postponed. However, if they close elective operations for hospitals only, ASCs may benefit from caring for those patients on an emergency basis.

Some hospital officials say they have been assessing the effects of the delay in care caused by closing elective procedures early in the pandemic. In areas inundated with coronavirus patients, hospitals have postponed treatments and surgeries for people with other serious conditions. In this latest wave, hospital administrators and physicians were desperate to avoid the earlier phases of the pandemic, which involved widespread closure of surgeries and other procedures that were not true emergencies. The Nashville-based adult hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is rescheduling surgeries that may be delayed amid the surge in COVID-19 patients.

Renton-based Providence Health Care is postponing elective procedures at its Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital, The Spokesman Review reported last August. Kaiser Permanente Northwest, which has hospitals in Oregon and southwest Washington state, is implementing a pause in scheduling at some of its Oregon medical centres until December. Marc Harrison, CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, the large Utah-based hospital group, which announced a pause on nearly all non-emergency surgeries in September, announced that the Cleveland Clinic will postpone all non-essential surgeries requiring a hospital or intensive care unit stay at most of its Ohio hospitals beginning in December. St.

Luke's Health System will temporarily halt certain surgeries that require an overnight hospital stay, the Idaho Statesman reported in August. The health system said more hospitals will study the option of postponing elective procedures by the end of the week in November. Cottage Hospital will reduce the number of elective procedures performed due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the state, according to local news station KEYT.

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