Bertrand Chaffee Hospital continues to await official
written directives from New York State regarding the NYS Governor issued
directive around suspension of elective surgery issued on Monday, November 30.
Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, along with other hospitals
throughout Erie County, is seeking clarification on this directive. For
example, does this only mean elective/planned surgery that requires an
overnight stay, does this impact same-day procedures, etc. We are advocating
that Erie County, including Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, keep same-day and
emergent procedures versus those that require an overnight stay (“inpatient
electives”). Presently, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, following guidance from the
NYS Department of Health, pre-screens and tests all surgical patients prior to
their scheduled procedure.
Once we receive further direction and information from New
York State regarding restriction or resumption of cases, we will communicate
appropriately with our providers, staff and patients.
Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has been working with the NYS
Department of Health, Erie County Department of Health, and Healthcare
Association of New York State (HANYS) to find out more information about how
these new requirements will impact our operations and ability to continue to
provide care for patients.