ALLEGAN — Ascension Michigan, the statewide branch of the faith-based healthcare organization, announced that it is phasing in elective surgical procedures and other vital healthcare services at its sites around the state.
Ascension operates 16 hospitals in Michigan, including Allegan General Hospital, which joined Ascension in September 2019.
The organization began resuming elective procedures that were previously put on hold due to the coronavirus on Friday, May 29. Hospitals and outpatient facilities will begin scheduled procedures prioritizing those that are most urgent.
Ascension will continue to ensure the capability and safety to provide care for COVID-19 patients.
“Ascension Michigan looks forward to safely providing additional non-emergent surgical and medical procedures as appropriate across all of our facilities, while continuing our current safety practices and following all CDC guidelines,” said Dr. Ken Berkovitz, SVP, Ascension and Ministry Market Executive, Ascension Michigan. “Our approach for returning to scheduled surgeries is clinically-led, working with our physicians, clinicians and facility experts on a strategy that will keep our patients, associates and physicians safe.”
Seven days prior to a scheduled surgery, patients will be asked to quarantine and follow social distancing measures. They will also be lab tested for COVID-19 48 hours prior and be screened the day of the surgery.
Ascension Michigan will continue to observe advanced telehealth capabilities, universal masking, visitor restrictions, social distancing and screening of all persons entering facilities.
“We remain focused on surge readiness and providing continued COVID-19 care while we safely return to serving the community’s broader medically necessary healthcare needs,” said Dr. Charles Husson, Chief Medical Officer, Ascension Michigan. “We know this is a fluid situation, and we are prepared to be flexible and responsive to rapidly evolving conditions in our community and our sites of care.”