HOLLAND — Holland Hospital announced on Friday, May 1, that it will be reopening some areas of service that had previously been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Surgeries and endoscopic procedures will resume on Monday, May 4. Those who had previously scheduled surgeries that were postponed will be contacted directly by their provider. Decisions to reschedule procedures will be at the discretion of the surgeon and patient.
All staff, patients and visitors will be screened upon entering the facility for temperature, known exposure and symptoms and will be provided the proper personal protective equipment. Staff, patients and visitors will wear masks and adhere to social distancing while on site. Visitor restrictions are still in place.
“As always, the safety of our patients is our highest priority,” said Susan Ervine, chief of staff at Holland Hospital. “The decision to expand surgeries is based on our ability to safely care for each patient and protect our staff with high quality personal protective equipment and safety procedures as well as our ability to respond to a health crisis if needed.”
Holland Hospital also reminds people to continue to seek care when they need it, noting national reports of a “sharp decline” in patients coming in for treatment of heart attack and stroke.
“A similar trend has occurred in our community,” Ervine said. “Patients who have symptoms of a heart attack, stroke or other life-threatening concerns should call 911 immediately so they can receive life-saving care as soon as possible.”