Northern Nevada Medical Center to Resume All Elective Surgery Cases on Monday, May 18
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Northern Nevada Medical Center (NNMC) will resume all elective surgeries effective Monday, May 18, 2020. This decision comes after a phased opening began on May 4 allowing some elective cases to be scheduled at the hospital.
“Upon reviewing and validating a downward trajectory of COVID-19 cases in our community, we have made the decision with our medical leadership to allow all levels of surgical cases at our hospital,” said Helen Lidholm, CEO/Managing Director of NNMC. “Our top priority is to ensure we are providing a safe, quality experience for patients where they 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
Curbside COVID-19 testing of patients prior to surgery
Provision of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for caregivers
Screening questions upon entrance
Suspension of visitors
Rigorous cleaning and disinfection
UV light sterilization
Patients can expect to receive a curbside COVID-19 test prior to their procedure, along with education and resources that support their recovery after surgery. In addition, the hospital will allow one (1) visitor to accompany a surgical patient into the hospital. The visitor will be subject to screening each time they enter the facility, is required to wear a mask, and will not be allowed beyond the surgical waiting room area.
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 or that may have recently become a health priority. Patients are encouraged to contact their surgeon or physician for more information about scheduling surgery.