HABERSHAM MEDICAL CENTER TO RESUME ELECTIVE AND NON-URGENT SURGERIES AND PROCEDURES


DEMOREST, GEORGIA (May 11, 2020) – Habersham Medical Center is taking the appropriate steps to safely resume elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures that were previously suspended due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  


The decision to reschedule clinically appropriate procedures was made in accordance with federal and state guidance. Current projections indicate a lower than expected volume of COVID-19 in the region, which means less strain on healthcare resources. “It is critical for HMC to resume elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures. Doing so will enable our hospital to continue providing exceptional healthcare to our community,” said Tyler Williams, incoming Chief Executive Officer of Habersham Medical Center. “As we move forward to resuming this work, our priority has and will always be to ensure our hospital is a safe place for our patients, providers and employees. We will continue conserving critical supplies and exercise extreme caution against the threats associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.”


Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Habersham Medical Center has carefully followed guidance from federal, state and local officials. Hospital leadership monitors the prevalence of the virus in the community, and appropriately allocates supplies and resources to frontline staff – including personal protective equipment like masks, gowns, gloves and goggles.  


HMC will initially focus on scheduling patients with more time-sensitive health needs. Patients who are scheduled and approved for procedures must meet specific requirements, including passing standard COVID-19 screenings and testing.  


The hospital will continue to screen and mask everyone who enters the facility and maintain a zerovisitor protocol for the foreseeable future. These important measures have had a positive impact on ensuring a safe environment, and they also are aligned with the federal government’s guidelines.  


ABOUT HABERSHAM MEDICAL CENTER


Serving over 80,000 residents across northeast Georgia, Habersham Medical Center (HMC) is a 53 licensed-bed, acute care hospital delivering exceptional care and service.  As a substantial economic partner for Habersham County, HMC operates three physician practices, a comprehensive rehabilitation program, an 84 licensed-bed, skilled nursing home and the area’s only hospital-based, home health service. Learn more at www.habershammedical.com.