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Gritman resumes elective surgeries

“We don’t want to see a secondary health crisis because people are suffering at home to the detriment of their health. Our clinics and hospital are open and very safe for patient care and the public should continue to seek medical care as they did before the emergency began.” – Gritman President and CEO Kara Besst

Gritman Medical Center restarted most elective surgeries effective April 27.

While Gritman has been completing emergency and emergent surgeries throughout the COVID-19 emergency, elective cases had been canceled or delayed effective March 24, but we are now at a stage where we know more about COVID-19 and have the safety protocols, equipment, inventory (medicines and personal protective equipment) and procedures in place to protect patients and staff.

“From day one, it has been our priority to maintain a safe and reassuring environment for patient care,” Gritman President and CEO Kara Besst said. “We don’t want to see a secondary health crisis because people are suffering at home to the detriment of their health. Our clinics and hospital are open and very safe for patient care and the public should continue to seek medical care as they did before the emergency began.”

Dr. Nancy Panko, general surgeon with Palouse Surgeons, is pictured in Gritman’s Operating Room 4. Dr. Panko was recently elected chair of Gritman’s Surgical Patient Care Committee.

Gritman is working with surgeons and patients to place canceled and delayed cases back on the schedule to get patients the care they need as quickly and safely as possible. Surgical patients are being tested for COVID-19 prior to their procedure. Once the test sample is collected, patients are asked to isolate at home and practice social distancing prior to their procedure.

Gritman has an excellent history of preventing infections. The hospital’s Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) rate is significantly and consistently better than the national benchmark. Our surgical teams, operating rooms, equipment and protocols have all been enhanced during COVID-19 to implement the best practices to protect patients and staff.

“The Gritman surgical care team has always been 100% committed to patient safety and compassionate care,” Director of Surgery Bernie Snyder said. “Because of COVID-19, we’ve adapted our procedures to provide extra protection and comfort to our patients and their loved ones. Our team will take great care of you.”

Stay up to date with the latest information on COVID-19 at gritman.org/coronavirus.