May 04, 2020
After weeks of preparation, Memorial Hospital and Orange Park Medical Center are resuming elective surgeries, procedures and visits today.
“We share the Governor’s concern that people are putting their health at risk by avoiding care and delaying important surgeries,” said Dr. Bradley Shumaker, Chief Medical Officer at Orange Park Medical Center. “We’re seeing patients come to our ER that are sicker and suffering because they waited until they couldn’t take it anymore.”
Memorial Hospital and Orange Park Medical Center are taking unprecedented precautions to ensure the safety of patients and staff.
Their Universal Protection Plan touches every part of the hospital, and starts before you even enter the door. The plan includes:
- Screening everyone for COVID-19 symptoms before they can enter the hospital
- Performing temperature checks on all employee, physicians, patients and visitors
- Giving everyone a mask before they enter the hospital and requiring them to wear it
- Limiting visitors - allowing one masked guest with each surgical patient
Here are some of the things Memorial Hospital and Orange Park Medical Center are doing inside each facility:
- COVID-19 patients and suspected COVID-19 patients are cared for in a dedicated area by the same staff, and not throughout the hospital
- Social distancing is required at all times – you will observe seating has been spread apart, capacity limits for elevators and rooms are posted and 6-foot increments will be marked where lines or groups might form
- Frequently disinfecting all surfaces in every area
Elective surgeries and procedures are things that can be scheduled. That doesn’t mean they should be seen as optional. It also doesn’t mean this care should be delayed indefinitely. There can be serious health consequences with that.
“People have asked if things will be different if they wait a month or two,” said Cory Darling, Chief Operating Officer at Memorial Hospital. “Our country’s top health experts have said we will be dealing with this environment for months to come. With the added precautions we've taken, our neighbors can receive the care they need safely at our ERs, physician practices and hospitals.”
As a part of the HCA Healthcare family, Memorial Hospital and Orange Park Medical Center have access to important supplies and infection prevention best practices from across the country.
About Memorial Hospital
Fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO,) Memorial Hospital, is known as a leader in quality, compassionate healthcare with a reputation maintained through excellent staff, along with programs of technological advances, growth and expansion to meet the ongoing needs of the community. Memorial Hospital serves the entire First Coast area.
About Orange Park Medical Center
Orange Park Medical Center, serving Clay County and its surrounding communities, is a full-service, acute care hospital with 317 inpatient beds. Orange Park Medical Center is a Joint Commission Top-Performing Hospital, ranked as one of the best hospitals in the country for heart, lung and surgical care. For more information about services, facilities and physicians, please visit Orange Park Medical.
About HCA Healthcare
HCA Healthcare is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services. The health system is made up of locally managed facilities that include 185 hospitals and 119 freestanding surgery centers located in 21 U.S. states and in the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit HCA Healthcare.