With COVID cases continuing to rise, Adena’s health system is rescheduling elective surgeries that require an overnight stay in the hospital.
As of Wednesday, September 15, Adena Health System reschedules her elective surgeries at a later date that require an overnight stay in the hospital until next week. This temporary change is being made out of excess of caution due to a significant increase in hospitalizations related to COVID-19 and a record volume of patients.
Adena’s leadership is making this decision in order to continue providing safe, high-quality care to the influx of patients requiring hospitalization due to both COVID-19 and serious unrelated medical conditions.
“We have carefully assessed different avenues where we can make operational adjustments that will be best in the short term to alleviate some of the pressure of our inpatient census, provide the necessary beds and provide support to providers and caregivers,” said Adena chairman and CEO Jeff Graham. “Taking these steps will allow us to take optimal care of our patients and staff. This is a thoughtful approach to ensure that patients who do not need to be in the hospital immediately are not.
The number of community members hospitalized at Adena’s four hospitals due to COVID-19 continued to increase. COVID hospitalizations for Adena reached a high score of 74 this morning, with 55 of those patients not being vaccinated. In addition, the inpatient census for Adena Regional Medical Center now had more than 200 hospitalizations for all medical conditions, straining hospital capacity.
“These adjustments and what is happening with the high patient volumes is not just about Adena,” Graham added. “Similar operational adjustments to provide the best possible care are happening everywhere. What’s been great about our organization is being able to handle situations like we’ve done so well over the past 19 months and that’s just another situation that we need to address.
Adena will continuously monitor this surge of fluid and resume elective surgeries requiring a hospital stay as the situation improves. Adena works closely with her medical group to ensure that patient care is prioritized as best as possible. Affected patients will be contacted by Adena to work on the rescheduling and help answer any questions.
Adena and other healthcare organizations in the region and beyond continue to urge everyone to get vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is free and readily available. Vaccines are our best defense against the spread of the virus and are effective in preventing serious illness and death. The Delta variant spreads faster than previous forms of the virus that causes COVID-19, so getting the vaccine is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and others.