JERSEY CITY, NJ- Having functioned as “the frontline hospitals” in caring for patients with COVID infections since March, Hudson County’s Christ Hospital Medical Center, Bayonne Medical Center and Hoboken University Medical Center, are set to resume elective surgical services on Tuesday, according to a statement by CarePoint Health.
The decision comes after Governor Phil Murphy lifted the restriction during a May 15 press briefing in which he declared that while the fight against COVID-19 is not yet over, “hospitals are no longer on a crisis footing.” Noting his March 4 procedure to remove a malignant tumor on his kidney, Murphy said, elective procedures are “not just a bunch of folks who want a nose job.”
“We are happy to reopen elective surgeries and welcome patients now that we have effectively responded to the surge of COVID-19 cases,” Achintya Moulick MD, MBA, Chief Transition Officer of the CarePoint Health system, said, adding that they will continue to adhere to all protocols to keep patients and caregivers safe including by having thermal detection cameras at the entrances and specific units, negative pressure delivery modules, COVID and non-COVID floors, and use all measures to disinfect patient care areas as well as common areas.
Utilizing a rapid virus and antibody analyzer patients will be tested for the coronavirus 72 hours before the elective surgery, and the “no visitor” policy will remain in place initially. All patients going into the Emergency Department will also be tested and a uniform policy for employee testing will continue to be followed.
“We will be able to continue to provide the best, safe and most efficient care for the residents of our communities,” Moulick concluded.
Patients who had their procedures postponed due to the pandemic should reach out to their physicians to reschedule them on a convenient date. The hospitals will also reach out to the patients who had to reschedule in the past couple of months.
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