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Roxborough, Suburban, and Lower Bucks Hospital
Roxborough Memorial Hospital to Resume Non-Emergency Procedures in Accordance
with State, Local Guidelines
(05/18/2020) -- Following newly released COVID-19 guidelines announced
by state and local health officials, Roxborough Memorial Hospital, a member
of Prime Healthcare, has begun scheduling elective surgeries and procedures.
Patrick Lenahen, CMO of Roxborough Memorial Hospital said a careful and
structured move toward restarting clinical care operations and procedures
has begun in order to address the needs of the community and expand access
to medical and surgical care. The hospital is following guidelines and
a roadmap that were established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid,
the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Anesthesiologists,
Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses and the American Hospital
“The hospital will be carefully monitoring the virus’s ongoing
impact to the community and will maintain its ability to properly respond
to the coronavirus as we begin serving patients with the essential care
they need,” said Lenahen. “We want to assure our patients
and community that we are implementing best practices and will do everything
we can to keep them safe.”
A committee of physicians and other clinical leaders at Roxborough Memorial
Hospital was formed to ensure safe resumption of essential health care
services, including non-emergent surgeries and procedures. Patients will
be screened and tested for COVID-19 prior to any surgery. Steps are taken
to minimize any risks and make certain that COVID-19 patients are isolated
from non-COVID-19 patients. New policies have been developed and will
be reevaluated and reassessed as needed.
In addition, stay-at-home orders issued by public health agencies make
exceptions for those in need of other emergency medical treatments, and
the hospital’s Emergency Department remains open for all those seeking
emergency care. Following physical distancing guidelines for COVID-19
does not mean ignoring the signs or symptoms of other medical emergencies.
“Those experiencing signs of a heart attack or stroke, for instance,
such as difficulty breathing or sudden muscle weakness, should still call
911 or visit the emergency room immediately,” said Lenahen. “We
are well prepared to handle non-COVID emergencies as well as able to deal
with an influx of potential COVID-19 cases, and are following all state,
local and federal guidelines to safeguard our staff and other patients
Roxborough is consistently recognized for clinical excellence. We are proud
of our many quality achievements including Leap Frog Grade A, Patient
Safety Excellence Award 2015-2019, Five Star Recipient, Treatment of Heart
Attack 2017-2019, Five Star Recipient, Treatment of Heart Failure 2017-2019,
Recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 and 2019 Patient Safety Excellence
Award, and Certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.
These accolades are a direct result of our commitment to clinical excellence
and a unique physician-led model of healthcare delivery.
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About Roxborough Memorial Hospital- Roxborough Memorial Hospital is a 131-bed community hospital. The hospital
has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Roxborough,
Manayunk, East Falls and northwest section of Philadelphia communities
for more than a century, having first opened its doors in 1890. Roxborough
Memorial Hospitals School of Nursing has been educating nurses since 1898.
The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation
of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's oldest and largest hospital
accreditation agency. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered
in Ontario, California, Roxborough Memorial Hospital is focused on becoming
one of the leaders in technology.
Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating
45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital
in Philadelphia, Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County, and
Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County.