Services expanding and elective surgeries gradually resuming
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is pleased to announce it is expanding or resuming many services and elective surgeries that were scaled back or paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients can now also get essential care that is not urgent, but still time-sensitive.
To keep our patients and staff safe, we are following strict protocols from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including screenings, testing in some instances, and use of personal protective equipment.
The expanded services, hours, and/or locations are in radiology, lab work, physical, speech, and occupational therapy, screening mammograms, and bone density screenings. Services offered and available facilities and hours will continue to change to meet the needs and demand from our community. The most up-to-date information can be found on our website.
In addition, we have begun a slow, measured introduction of elective surgical services. The resumption started in our Outpatient Surgery Center, with endoscopies and eye surgeries, and is continuing in the main operating rooms. Scheduled elective surgeries include a broad range of procedures such as joint replacement, spine, neurology, urology, and gynecology. Cosmetic surgery will not resume at this time. Surgeries and procedures for life-threatening and urgent issues have continued without disruption.
“We’re happy to be able to resume and expand services and procedures that community members have been patiently waiting for,” says Dr. Steven Packer, president/CEO of Community Hospital. “We are doing so with methodical preparation and care, following the protocols of the CDC and organizations including the American College of Surgeons to ensure that patients and staff are safe. The safety of our patients and staff is our first priority.”
In surgical cases, where the risks to both patients and staff are greatest, all patients are being tested for COVID-19 and staff members are being screened. For other services, patients are screened on the phone during scheduling as well as upon entering the facility. Patients and staff members are required to wear masks.