In response to ongoing concerns about potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and in compliance with an executive order from Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee that was issued on Monday, March 23, Blount Memorial Hospital now has stopped performing elective surgical procedures.
Patients scheduled for procedures this week were notified of this change Monday evening after Gov. Lee issued the executive order.
"We appreciate our patients' understanding of the reasons why we had to cancel these with short notice," hospital chief medical officer Dr. Harold Naramore said. "We will work to reschedule these patients as quickly as possible once we're able to resume elective cases." Naramore did point out that not all surgeries are cancelled, though.
"Necessary procedures, or those that are a true medical emergency, will still be performed as they are needed," Naramore said, emphasizing that patients will receive the care needed for their immediate health care needs.
Necessary, or emergent procedures, include those that preserve life, prevent harm or are required to help treat a patient’s condition or disease. Elective procedures are procedures which, if delayed to a later time, will not significantly or negatively impact a patient’s condition, illness or well-being.
Patients are encouraged to contact their surgeon’s office with questions.