With COVID-19 cases nationally and statewide on the unfortunate upswing, Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) will be pulling back on certain elective surgeries to help assure beds are available for those in need. Several major hospitals in the Portland area have already begun postponing these elective procedures due to the rapidly increasing numbers of cases.
"Maintaining open inpatient beds for emergencies as well as COVID-19 patients requires our physicians to consider delaying elective procedures until inpatient beds are more widely available,” said Erik Thorsen, CEO. "We continue to be fortunate that local area hospitals have not experienced a surge of COVID-19 patients but would be remiss if we did not adequately plan for an increase in cases."
CMH monitors the inpatient bed count and looks at cases scheduled daily to determine need. The hospital will do their best to give patients as much notice as possible before canceling a scheduled surgery.
Managing overall capacity in any hospital is a delicate task. With COVID-10 cases spiking all over the country, CMH implores the community to wear masks in public, keep gatherings to a minimum and respect the rules imposed in public settings. Please visit the website at columbiamemorial.org for more information on COVID-19 as well as other hospital-related issues.