Sioux City Hospitals and Surgery Centers postpone non-urgent procedures and surgeries amid COVID-19
MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center, UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's, Dunes Surgical Hospital, and Pierce Street Same Day Surgery, announced they would postpone elective surgeries and procedures beginning on Tuesday, March 24 in response to COVID-19.
Patients who have elective surgeries scheduled in the next few weeks can expect their procedures to be postponed. The hospitals said the decision was made with the safety of patients, providers, nurses and staff in mind. Every patient scheduled will be contacted by their Provider's office and no further scheduling of elective procedures will occur at this time.
“This action helps minimize risk for health care providers and their patients and helps preserve needed personal protective equipment for COVID-19 response,” said Larry Volz, MD, Chief Medical Officer at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center.
Additionally, Jeff O’Tool, MD, Chief Medical Officer, UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s states “this effort will lessen the strain on local healthcare delivery organizations and protect the community blood supply.”
The U.S. Surgeon General, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have recommended elective surgeries be put on pause. Physicians will continue to see patients and provide therapies that are critical to disease prevention, cancer treatment and perform urgent and emergency surgeries using the American College of Surgeons guidelines.