Amsterdam, New York (May 7, 2020) - St. Mary’s has received approval from the Governor’s office and the NYS Department of Health to resume its elective surgery program. St. Mary’s and the State worked together and determined that its level of preparedness meets or exceeds NYSDOH requirements to manage a possible future surge of COVID-19 patients while resuming its outpatient elective surgery program.
The plan to resume elective surgeries involves a phased-in approach that at first focuses only on outpatient surgeries that won’t result in an inpatient or sub-acute hospital stay. St. Mary’s will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 elective surgery benchmarks in the hospital and community to ensure adherence to the NYSDOH’s guidelines. St. Mary’s first commitment continues to be focused on patient’s, resident’s and associate’s safety and ensuring continued readiness to respond effectively to this COVID-19 challenge. Patients can feel confident that St. Mary’s will continue to keep in place strict safeguards to protect patients, residents and staff. These strict safeguards include:
- Safety measures that are the result of strict adherence to CDC guidance
- Screening all employees/visitors for COVID-19 upon entry before they arrive at our facilities each day
- Screening and COVID testing patients prior to their scheduled surgery
- Thorough cleaning and disinfection of our facilities
- Highly restrictive visitation policy
- Engineering controls to further improve the safety of our surgical services
- Contacting patients before they arrive to minimize wait times to best prepare them for their brief outpatient stay
- Appropriate stockpiles of PPE, medications and other supplies
As St. Mary’s reopens elective outpatient surgical services, it will continue to strictly apply these key safeguards going even further than the normal, exacting standards expected from St. Mary’s Healthcare. These efforts are in place to ensure that patients seek care when they are sick, as well as, get the surgery they need without delay.