FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Garden City Hospital to Resume Non-Emergency Procedures in Accordance with State, Local Guidelines
May 13, 2020 — Following newly released COVID-19 guidelines announced by state and local health officials, Garden City Hospital, a member of Prime Healthcare, has begun scheduling elective surgeries and procedures.
Saju George, CEO of Garden City Hospital, said a careful and structured move toward restarting clinical care operations and procedures has begun in order to address the needs of the community and expand access to medical and surgical care. The hospital is following guidelines and a roadmap that were established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, and the American Hospital Association.
“The hospital will be carefully monitoring the virus’s ongoing impact on the community and will maintain its ability to properly respond to the coronavirus as we begin serving patients with the essential care they need,” said Mr. George. “We want to assure our patients and community that we are implementing best practices and will do everything we can to keep them safe.”
A committee of physicians and other clinical leaders at Garden City Hospital was formed to ensure safe resumption of essential health care services, including non-emergent surgeries and procedures. Steps are taken to minimize any risks and make certain that COVID-19 patients are isolated from non-COVID-19 patients. New policies have been developed and will be re-evaluated and reassessed as needed. We are also planning to screen and test staff and patients.
Surgery patients are allowed one visitor to the hospital to accompany them to the waiting area. All patients and visitors must pass through a hospital screening station where temperatures will be taken prior to entering the building. We are requesting all patients and visitors wear a mask at all times while in the building.
In addition, stay-at-home orders issued by public health agencies make exceptions for those in need of other emergency medical treatments, and the hospital’s Emergency Department remains open for all those seeking emergency care. Following physical distancing guidelines for COVID-19 does not mean ignoring the signs or symptoms of other medical emergencies.
“Those experiencing signs of a heart attack or stroke, for instance, such as difficulty breathing or sudden muscle weakness, should still call 911 or visit the emergency room immediately,” said Dr. Christopher Doig, D.O. and Chief Medical Officer. “We are well prepared to handle non-COVID-19 emergencies as well as able to deal with an influx of potential COVID-19 cases. We are following all state, local and federal guidelines to safeguard our staff and other patients from exposure.”
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About Garden City Hospital:Garden City Hospital, a part of Prime Healthcare, is a community hospital with a full range of services. GCH has provided over 73 years of care to the residents of western Wayne County, Michigan. Over the past few years, the hospital has been recognized nationally through quality awards such as the 100 Top Hospitals® and Everest Award by IBM Watson Health™ in 2019 and ranked among top five percent in Michigan for clinical excellence with the 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ from Healthgrades. The hospital has also been named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for orthopedic surgery in 2020 and has earned the Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ by Healthgrades for two consecutive years. Garden City Hospital is a five-star recipient for pacemaker procedures, hip fracture treatment, spinal fusion surgery, gallbladder removal surgery and treatment of stroke by Healthgrades in 2020 and is a BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan Blue Distinction Center+ for Hip & Knee Replacement and Maternity Care. Learn more at www.gch.org.