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Roxborough Memorial Hospital to Resume Non-Emergency Procedures in Accordance with State, Local Guidelines

05-18-2020

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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 Association.

“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 from exposure.”

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.

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