Elective Surgeries Resume

Elective Surgeries Resume

Memorial Hospital to Resume Elective Surgeries May 4 

Following the guidance of the CDC and State of Nebraska, MHCS meets the guidelines to resume elective surgeries. The Governor stated that hospitals in Nebraska can resume elective surgeries beginning May 4 if:

  • 30% of hospital beds, ICU beds, and ventilators are available.
  • Hospitals must have two weeks’ worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on site.


MHCS leadership and Surgery Committee Physicians have studied the guidelines, recommendations, and our PPE availability and are confident that we can resume elective surgeries while having all necessary precautions and personal protective equipment available to keep patients, staff, and physicians/surgeons safe and well cared for.


Elective surgeries were suspended to prioritize the use of PPE, staffing, ventilators, and other equipment for COVID-19 inpatient care. With these efforts well-controlled, Memorial Health Care Systems’ team is looking forward to caring for those in need.


Roger Reamer, CEO of Memorial Health Care Systems said hospital staff is working with doctors on what level of operation procedures at Memorial Hospital will start. Reamer said the hospital is looking to resume operations below capacity to start. Doctors will help Memorial Hospital prioritize which patients need to come in first and are most in need of elective procedures.


James Plasek, MD stated, “One concern we have with continuing to suspend elective procedures is that necessary preventive and diagnostic care is being delayed. That care can only be delayed so long before patients suffer a preventable adverse outcome. We are well prepared to care for surgical patients here. We have the necessary PPE to protect our patients, as well as our staff and physicians during surgical procedures.”


Hospital officials have been working on projections of the needed PPE and other supplies once the surgical procedures resume. Reamer said, “While PPE and availability of supplies factor into the decision to reopen, the most important decision is when it is safe for patients, staff, and physicians.”


Treating COVID-19 patients

Memorial Hospital has not had a COVID-19 positive inpatient to date.

All positive COVID-19 patients under our care are managing themselves well at home and are being monitored by their family physician and Four Corners Public Health Department.


22 States announcing plans to resume (as of 4/27)

Indiana, Colorado, Utah, Texas, Ohio, California, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa, New York, West Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arizona, Oregon, Virginia, Illinois, Alaska, Nebraska, Vermont, Washington, South Dakota. (beckershospitalreview.com)