HMH is suspending elective surgeries and screening diagnostics beginning Thursday, March 19. Urgent and emergency procedures will still be performed.
The U.S. Surgeon General, the American College of Surgeons, the Kentucky Hospital Association and Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, all have called for elective procedures to be postponed to meet the rising demand for COVID-19 care and to conserve hospital resources.
“We are taking this step to protect our patients while working to conserve supplies, equipment and clinical staff to care for the most urgent and time-sensitive patient needs,” said John Godfrey, M.D., HMH Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.
Elective procedures are defined as those that are necessary but can be delayed for 30 days without significant risk or harm to the patient. Urgent cases will generally include procedures that cannot wait 30 days without significant risk to the patient, but in each case will ultimately be determined by the judgment of the physicians in cooperation with medical staff leadership.
Emergency cases are those that could result in the loss of life, limb or organ, or permanent disability if postponed, so these will be done as they always have been – as quickly as possible.
HMH Outpatient Diagnostic and Imaging centers remain open. Diagnostic procedures including diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies and more remain scheduled. Routine screenings, for example screening mammograms and low-dose CT Scans, have been postponed.
Patients affected by this change will be contacted by HMH and given further guidance.
Please go to hmh.net for the most up-to-date information.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, please seek reliable, up-to-date, information. Recommended sources are:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services or Public Hotline: 1-800-722-5725
Lincoln Trail District Health Department
Hardin Memorial Health or Patient Symptom Hotline: (270) 979-7777
If you or your business is interested in making a contribution to help HMH’s COVID-19 response, please visit ourhmh.org.