4 P.M. INTERVIEW: Prevea Health postpones elective surgeries

Published: Mar. 17, 2020 at 3:21 PM CDT
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Prevea Health Chief Medical Officer and VP of Operations in Western Wisconsin, Dr. Ken Johnson, talks about the decision to postpone elective procedures and non-urgent cases.

Full Statement from Prevea Health

March 16, 2020: A message from Prevea Health President and CEO, Dr. Ashok Rai, regarding the postponing of elective procedures and non-urgent cases:

We take our role of serving the health care needs of our communities very seriously. The United States Surgeon General and the American College of Surgeons have asked health care systems to consider postponing elective procedures and non-urgent cases during this time. In addition to social distancing and crowd avoidance, we are also trying to protect our health care workers from inadvertent exposure to patients with COVID-19 and to conserve our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Effective immediately, Prevea Health is postponing elective procedures and non-urgent cases in the hospital and clinical settings. This does not include procedures that are deemed urgent or emergent; for those cases that delaying would negatively affect a patient’s outcome will continue as scheduled.

Many of you will be wondering what to expect: at this point in time, elective procedures and non-urgent cases will be delayed 30 days. You can expect that a Prevea patient service representative will be reaching out to you to reschedule.

This is a clinical decision that was made in the best interest of our patients, our communities and our health care workers. Physicians take an oath upon graduating medical school and part of that oath includes having special obligations to protecting our society. This is an example of living our oath, and during unprecedented times taking unprecedented measures to protect our communities.

We understand that this may present itself as an inconvenience to some of you whose procedures or non-urgent cases are being rescheduled for a later date. Please understand that this measure is being taken to protect our most vulnerable patients, our health care workers and to preserve personal protective equipment to ensure that we are able to care for our communities.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.

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