As OSF HealthCare begins to restart services that had been closed in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the health care Ministry will have a phased approach to bringing non-emergent procedures and surgical services back online through the end of May.
A phased approach is necessary to ensure there is adequate personal protective equipment available, along with appropriate levels of testing, supplies, and staffing.
As part of this effort, OSF HealthCare hospitals with fewer than 50 beds and within 35 miles of an OSF sister hospital will resume elective surgeries in phase two, which begins May 26. This includes OSF HealthCare Saint Paul Medical Center in Mendota.
“It is important to provide the elective services our community needs as quickly as possible, but even more important is that we do this in a safe manner,” said Dawn Trompeter, President at OSF Saint Paul Medical Center. “Our Mission Partners have been working diligently on plans to ensure the continued safety of our patients and cleanliness of our facilities that our communities have come to know and trust. We appreciate the confidence and loyalty of our patients as we continue to serve you with the greatest care and love.”
OSF HealthCare hospital emergency departments are open and safe. If someone is experiencing signs of a heart attack, stroke, or other emergency situation, call 911 to be treated quickly to have the best recovery results.
All OSF HealthCare hospitals, urgent care centers and medical offices are following strict guidelines provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for cleaning and disinfecting.
Patients coming to OSF for a scheduled surgical procedure can expect additional safeguards in place, including a COVID-19 test 72-hours prior to the appointment. We understand this may impose an inconvenience, but it’s an important step to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.
Every individual entering our facilities; including patients, employees, providers and vendors will continue to be screened at the entrance. As has been the case since May 1, OSF HealthCare requires anyone entering an OSF facility to wear a mask. Exceptions are made for those younger than two or those with medical conditions that prohibit wearing a mask.
OSF HealthCare seeks to partner with you and those who visit and support you. At this time, the safety of each person in our communities requires us to limit visitors. Patients who need mobility assistance, pediatric care, and end-of-life situations are all exceptions. There are critical situations where we will offer guidance and direction. Patients are encouraged to include family members or other supporters in their care by having them connect over the phone. Additionally, OSF care teams can suggest an array of communication tools and technologies.
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