LVHN and St. Luke’s Deliver Coronavirus (COVID-19) Joint Message:
Steps to Help Keep Your Community Safe

As you know, we are in regular communication with St. Luke’s University Health Network as the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves. We will issue a joint message to the community this afternoon regarding the postponement of certain surgical procedures.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the surgeon general, Jerome Adams, MD, and the American College of Surgeons have recommended that hospitals limit elective surgical procedures. These measures are intended to allow hospitals to be prepared for the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases as well as to limit patient and caregiver exposure.

LVHN and St. Luke’s are announcing that some elective surgeries will be postponed. The new policy will take effect on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and will last at least two weeks. This will not affect urgent /emergent surgery or any other elective surgery where delay could cause a negative impact on our patients’ health.

Patients whose procedures are postponed are being contacted individually. Postponing elective surgeries helps prevent the spread of disease and helps hospitals conserve precious resources such as blood, ventilators and protective equipment for providers.

It is essential we understand this will cause disruption and disappointment for patients. We are assuring them procedures will be re-scheduled as quickly as possible once we can do so safely.

Both LVHN and St. Luke’s have taken measures to promote the safety and health of the communities.

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