FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Parkview Health announced Tuesday that it is suspending all elective and non-urgent surgeries, immediately.
Officials with Parkview Health say this decision will help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), and conserve the resources and personnel necessary to meet emerging health needs related to the pandemic.
This decision does not impact Parkview Ortho Hospital and Parkview SurgeryONE.
Parkview says they will continue to perform "medically necessary, urgent and emergency surgeries."
These include surgeries that, if delayed, could "negatively affect the patient’s health outcome."
Examples include procedures that are associated with a critical diagnosis, such as cancer or heart disease or surgeries that prevent underlying conditions from getting worse.
Patients whose surgeries need to be postponed will be contacted by Parkview Health.
Parkview says patients who wish to electively cancel their procedures should first contact their provider to discuss potential health implications.
All patients will be contacted the day before a medically necessary procedure to be screened for symptoms.
Visitor restrictions will also be enforced, limiting each patient to one healthy adult visitor.
As a result of these changes, the Parkview Inverness Surgery Center is closed beginning Tuesday and Parkview Premier Surgery will be closed effective Wednesday, March 18.