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Phoebe Postpones Elective Procedures

Sunday, March 15, 2020 @ 5:41 p.m. -

Albany, Ga. – To ensure Phoebe has the capacity to care for COVID-19 patients, Phoebe is postponing elective surgeries and other outpatient procedures at its main and north campus hospitals in Albany for two weeks. “There will be an ongoing dialogue between surgeons and our director of perioperative services to ensure that patients who need emergency or urgent surgery will not be delayed; however, we are cancelling purely elective procedures in accordance with recommendations of the Surgeon General of the United States and the American College of Surgeons,” said Steven Kitchen, MD, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Chief Medical Officer.

Some outpatient procedures, including MRI scans, CT scans and certain endoscopy procedures will be moved to other Phoebe facilities such as Meredyth Place. “We are notifying patients impacted by these changes directly. We certainly regret any inconvenience this may cause our patients and will work to reschedule procedures as soon as it is safe to do so,” Dr. Kitchen said.

For now, outpatient procedures at all other Phoebe facilities will continue as scheduled, but that will be evaluated daily.

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