(New Bern, NC) – On Monday, May 4, 2020, CarolinaEast Health System began implementing the first phase of reintroducing elective procedures. CarolinaEast leadership have developed a strategic plan to reintroduce these procedures gradually with patient and staff safety remaining their highest priority.
In late March, CarolinaEast postponed non-essential surgeries upon the recommendations of state and federal officials to allow for the unknown impacts of COVID-19. Since that time, CarolinaEast leadership has been making preparations to resume elective surgeries and reopen outpatient services in a phased, safe and strategic manner. Recent guidance from various governmental and health care organizations has determined that this is the appropriate time to implement phase one.
“A multidisciplinary team has been meeting regularly to develop an effective plan to resume these important elective procedures that were postponed due to COVID-19 concerns,” says Dr. Ron May, Vice President of Medical Affairs at CarolinaEast Health System. “Those concerns continue, but the response of the community and health care system has been outstanding and a careful resumption of services is now appropriate. We will continue to closely monitor the situation as well as resource availability and will remain prepared to respond to the needs of our community.”
Patients whose procedures or tests were postponed should contact their care providers to discuss their individual situations.
CarolinaEast’s visitor restrictions will continue and patients scheduled for surgery or a procedure should make appropriate arrangements. Visit www.carolinaeasthealth.com to learn more about CarolinaEast’s efforts to protect its patients, visitors and staff from COVID-19.