On Monday, May 4, Mary Rutan Hospital will resume medically necessary procedures that do not require inpatient hospital admissions and meet the most recent guidelines provided by Governor Mike DeWine. In addition to outpatient surgeries, this includes non-urgent doctor visits, well-care checks, well-baby visits, imaging procedures and diagnostic tests. Physician offices will be contacting those patients whose procedure or surgery was postponed due to COVID-19.
The renewal of these services will be spread out over several weeks, reviewed at each step, and for the time being, not include any elective surgeries that would require an overnight hospital stay unless the surgery has been elevated to essential.
"It is a fluid plan, and we continue to monitor all aspects of the plan to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and visitors," said Dr. Grant Varian, Mary Rutan Hospital's Medical Director.
"The care of our patients is our top priority, and the decision to re-open services involved the Governor’s recent announcement easing restrictions, a review of all relevant data including the low incidence of COVID-19 cases, and numerous discussions among the entire medical team and the hospital's executive leadership," he added.
During this time, Mary Rutan Hospital will continue to screen all patients, visitors and staff at every location. We will also continue the universal mask and face-covering requirement, daily temperature/symptom screening for everyone entering our facilities, visitor restrictions and updated safety protocols to ensure that staff have the necessary personal protective equipment.
“We have studied and are implementing the various components of Governor DeWine’s recently issued State of Ohio Guidelines for Re-Starting Health Care and continue to have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment available to keep our patients, staff and physicians safe. We are confident that we can slowly resume the expansion of medically necessary procedures and preventive care while having all of the appropriate infection prevention processes in place,” said Mandy Goble, Mary Rutan Hospital President & CEO.
Physicians will help Mary Rutan Hospital prioritize which patients need to be scheduled first, based upon clinical conditions and clinical guidelines. The physician will also be in communication with the patient to assess their needs and together, they will discuss any risks involving COVID-19.
In addition to standard pre-operative testing, all elective surgery patients at Mary Rutan Hospital are now also subject to a coronavirus test.
Mary Rutan Hospital encourages the community to treat all aspects of their health, despite the recent pandemic.
“Our healthcare facilities are safe. Whether you are considering an upcoming procedure or a visit to one of our off-site locations, we have been carefully and thoughtfully planning for this day. We are confident in the steps we have taken to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients and staff and look forward to once again being able to fully meet the healthcare needs of our community,” said Goble.