Care and Procedures Continue at St. Mark's Medical Center
At St. Mark's Medical Center, hospital staff on the front line continue to care for the community and procedures continue to be scheduled.
"As always, we are here to provide high quality care that promotes health and wellbeing, and we do not anticipate any impact in the delivery of our services," said St. Mark's Medical Center President and CEO Mark Kimball.
St. Mark's executive and medical staff leaders are in communication and compliance with Texas Governor Gregory Abbott's Executive Orders GAs-31 and 32 regarding the performance of certain surgeries and procedures amid high hospitalizations in the area. Fayette County is part of Trauma Service Area O (TSA O) and for the past seven consecutive days, the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients in this area has exceeded 15% of total hospital capacity.
However, GA-31 allows hospitals in counties in TSAs with high hospitalizations to continue to perform elective surgeries, provided that doing so does not deplete the hospital's capacity to cope with COVID-19.
"We continue to work with our region as needed regarding hospital bed capacity and constantly monitor our care resources, including personal protective equipment (PPE), staffing, bed space, visitation, and screening, to continue compliance with the Governor's executive order," Kimball added.
"As always, our top priority is the safety of our patients, staff members and physicians," said St. Mark's Medical Center Chief Clinical Officer Tammy Hartfield. "In the interest of public health, we remind everyone to follow CDC protocols for safety and to help minimize further spread of COVID-19."