COVID-19 Update: Decision to Postpone Elective Procedures
March 18, 2020
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center continues to adapt to meet the clinical needs of our communities during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and through this, we remain committed to providing high-quality care and protecting the health and safety of our patients, employees, physicians and community. An important element to our preparedness is conserving essential COVID-19 patient care resources, where possible, as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation and prepare for what the next few weeks may hold.
In accordance with recent guidance from various health authorities, we have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to postpone elective cases. We will continue to provide urgent and emergent procedures at our hospital. Patients whose appointments are being postponed will be notified, and procedures will be rescheduled as soon as feasible.
Importantly, postponing elective (non-urgent) cases:
- Conserves essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for our frontline staff members;
- Conserves hospital and ICU beds, supplies and other resources;
- Ensures we will have all necessary personnel available to support our sickest patients.
The trust our community places in us is so important. We want to assure our community that it is safe to come to our hospital should you or a family member need care. Our providers and clinical teams are well-trained and prepared to safely respond to viruses and infectious diseases, including COVID-19. We have made this decision because it will ensure we have the people and resources necessary to meet the needs of our patients in the coming weeks. We know that this is the right thing to do.
We appreciate your understanding and support as we continue to do everything we can to prepare for the potential impact of COVID-19 on our community. For more information about hospital preparedness, please visit sjrmc.org. For more information about COVID-19, please contact Public Health - North Central Idaho or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.