Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Blount Memorial Has Tentative Plans to Resume Elective Procedures

Blount Memorial Hospital is tentatively planning to resume elective procedures, through a phased approach, on Friday, May 1, after hearing Governor Bill Lee and THA President Dr. Wendy Long address our state late Monday afternoon.

Before we commit fully, though, we need to thoroughly review the Returning to Elective Surgery and Procedures Preparedness Attestation as outlined by the Tennessee Hospital Association, which ensures that hospitals have in place, among many things, adequate personal protective equipment; a fully developed staff, patient and visitor screening policy and an established prioritization policy committee that combines multiple medical and nursing specialties.

“Based on our immediate review of the document, it appears the work we’ve been doing in recent weeks has us in a good position to care for our community,” said chief medical officer Dr. Harold Naramore. “We plan to complete this attestation and return it to the Tennessee Hospital Association so that we can continue enhancing details of our plan to safely and cautiously to help restart surgical procedures and care at Blount Memorial.”

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