• Surgeons resume elective procedures at Rome Memorial Hospital

    Rapid COVID TestSurgeons are now able to perform elective procedures at Rome Memorial Hospital as a result of the hospital’s available capacity and the precautions that have been put into place to provide the safest environment for its surgical patients, announced President/Chief Executive Officer Mark Murphy, RN, NP.

    With the decline in the number of newly hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Oneida County, the hospital submitted the required attestation to the state Friday, May 1, 2020, to resume elective procedures.

    “Because of our commitment to providing the highest standards of safety, our teams examined every step of our process and adopted extra precautions to protect our patients,” Murphy said. “Since some people who have COVID-19 don’t exhibit symptoms, our ability to perform rapid onsite testing is essential to minimizing risks to patients, staff and providers.”

    Patients are tested for COVID-19 from the convenience of their own car before surgery and instructed to stay home and isolate themselves to prevent any potential exposure before their procedure. Because of the rapid turn-around time, the test can be performed the same day as surgery, if necessary.

    Other measures that have been implemented include:

    • Designating a separate entrance and elevator for patients to use on the day of surgery to limit their encounters with other people.
    • Assigning patients to a surgical unit on a different floor separate from patients who may be hospitalized with an infectious disease.
    • Utilizing staffing patterns that ensure staff assigned to care for suspected or positive COVID-19 patients don’t float into a unit caring for any elective surgery patient.

    The hospital’s plan was developed in accordance with the guidance from the New York State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American College of Surgeons.

    As part of its ongoing infection prevention measures, anyone who enters the hospital, including patients and staff are screened for fever and respiratory symptoms. In addition, masks or face covers are required to be worn.

    Rome Memorial Hospital is nationally recognized as a leader in infection prevention and patient safety. Its surgeons embrace evidence-based practices to provide patients with the best possible outcomes.

    A broad range of surgical procedures are available at Rome Memorial Hospital from minimally invasive spine surgery to laparoscopic hernia repair. Specialists who have privileges at Rome Memorial Hospital are listed on the hospital’s website at www.romehospital.org/Specialists/.

    About Rome Memorial Hospital
    Rome Memorial Hospital, Inc., (RMH) Rome Memorial Hospital is a non-profit health care system based in Rome, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York. From primary care to long-term care, Rome Memorial Hospital delivers quality, compassionate medical care for every stage of life. With its specialized Senior Behavioral Health Unit and Residential Health Care Facility, the hospital has become recognized as a valuable resource for senior services. Ranked among the top 20 percent of skilled nursing facilities for five consecutive years, the hospital has earned special designation as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) facility for providing quality care for older adult patients. Rome Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Health and an affiliated clinical site of New York Medical College.