Some elective surgeries resume in Ballad health establishments | WJHL


JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee (WJHL) – Ballad Health announced Wednesday that the hospital system will resume certain elective procedures that do not require patients to stay overnight.

Ballad postponed all elective and elective surgeries to August after an increase in COVID-19 cases across the region.

In a statement on Wednesday, Ballad said providers have started contacting their patients to schedule procedures based on staff and space in facilities.

“This summer we had to prepare for a high volume of COVID-19 patients and plan for the worst case scenario, which unfortunately forced us to cut some services. Given the limitations of the staff available, it was necessary to take these steps to ensure the safest possible environment for our patients and team members. We are grateful for the continued cooperation and contribution of everyone, from the medical staff who provided their guidance, expertise and support to the team members who continue to rise to the challenge and meet the needs of our patients, wherever they are. ‘they find themselves.

Eric Deaton, Chief Operating Officer of Ballad Health and Incident Commander of the Corporate Emergency Operations Center (CEOC)

According to the statement, no Ballad employee has been placed on leave during the break from surgeries, but some employees have been reassigned to other roles at their facilities.

Ballad Health broke its hospitalization record for COVID-19 on September 7 with 413 inpatients. Six days later, the system saw its highest number of COVID patients in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Elective surgeries will be categorized by Ballad using the Elective Surgery Acuity Scale (ESAS), the statement said.

“As examples, postponed procedures have included low-acuity surgeries for healthy and unhealthy patients, such as hernia repair, cholecystectomy, cardiac and interventional radiology procedures, surgeries. aesthetic and plastic, podiatric procedures, vasectomies, bariatrics, joint replacements, screening endoscopies and non-essential spine surgery, ”the statement said.

Ballad Health executives also announced in a briefing on Wednesday that September had been the deadliest month for the Tri-Cities region since the start of the pandemic, with a third of hospital deaths in Ballad being linked to COVID .

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