Northern Nevada Medical Center (NNMC) is preparing to resume certain elective surgeries after Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced surgeries may resume Monday, May 4, 2020. During the COVID-19 pandemic, NNMC has continued to provide emergency surgeries. This will now expand to include more procedures, including low-risk cancer, hip, knee and spine surgery.
Helen Lidholm, CEO and Managing Director of NNMC, says while the hospital is ready to meet the surgical needs of patients, she recognizes some individuals may have concerns about coming to the hospital while COVID-19 cases are still being reported in the county.
“I want to assure the public we are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff during this challenging time,” Lidholm said. “Our top priority is to ensure that we are providing a safe, quality experience for patients where they can feel protected during their hospitalization.”
To give patients greater piece of mind, NNMC has implemented extra precautionary measures and additional protocols to help ensure a safe and clean environment for our patients, physicians and staff, including, but not limited to:
- Universal masking of all persons entering the hospital
- Isolation of patients with COVID-19
- COVID-19 testing of patients prior to surgery
- Provision of appropriate personal protective equipment for caregivers
- Temperature checks
- Screening questions upon entrance
- Suspension of visitors
- Rigorous cleaning and disinfection
- UV light sterilization
The surgery team at NNMC is working with physician offices to accommodate the scheduling of surgeries and procedures that were postponed due to COVID-19. Patients are encouraged to contact their surgeon or physician for more information about scheduling surgery.