Morris Hospital has resumed elective surgeries and procedures. The Illinois Department of Public Health permitted Morris Hospital to resume elective, meaning planned or scheduled, surgeries and procedures to resume on May 11.
These operations had been suspended since March 18. According to Morris Hospital President and CEO Mark Steadham, one reason elective surgeries were temporarily restricted across the country was to conserve hospital beds, personal protective equipment, and other medical supplies.
Steadham said due to the low number of COVID-19 cases documented at Morris Hospital, their resources have remained stable and they are well positioned to care for elective surgical needs.
Morris Hospital is implementing new safety precautions for elective surgeries to help prevent infection. These include requiring patients to be screened and tested for COVID-19 3-5 days before the procedure and asking them to remain isolated between the test and the procedure. Many interviews with the patient and families will also be done remotely.