St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is preparing to perform certain elective surgeries after Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced he is allowing resumption of surgeries beginning April 24.
Krista Roberts, CEO at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, says while the hospital is ready to meet the surgical needs of our patients, she recognizes that some people may have concerns about coming to the hospital while some COVID-19 cases are still being reported in the state. “I want to assure the public that we are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff during this challenging time,” Roberts says. “The hospital implemented additional safety protocols that include: screening temperature checks and health questions being asked at entry points before anyone is allowed to enter the hospital; deep cleaning and disinfection; suspended visitation; as well as practicing appropriate social distancing. Our enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols also include the use of UV light sterilization which should give patients greater piece of mind.”
To date, only a few suspected and confirmed positive COVID-19 cases have been seen at St. Mary’s, so out of an abundance of caution, visitation restrictions are still in place and must be followed.
The surgery team at St. Mary’s is working with physician offices to accommodate the scheduling of surgeries and procedures that were postponed due to COVID-19, or that may have recently become a health priority. Patients are encouraged to contact their surgeon or physician for more information.
“Our top priority is to ensure we are providing a safe, quality experience for patients where they can feel protected during their hospitalization,” says Roberts.