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CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck resumes elective surgeries and procedures

May 22, 2020 08:59AM ● By MED Magazine

CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck resumed non-urgent, elective surgeries and procedures, Monday, May 4. All primary care and specialty care clinics are open for appointments. Virtual visits are also available.

The hospital had postponed non-urgent procedures on March 25, allowing the facilities to conserve vital resources including medical supplies, and free-up staff and beds during the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-urgent surgical patients are tested for COVID-19 prior their procedure.

At CHI St. Alexius Health, COVID-19 patients are kept isolated for their safety and that of other patients and staff, and for the most effective use of staff and personal protective equipment.

Visitation at CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck remains restricted. In limited circumstances, a healthy adult support person may be present for the following:

  • Inpatient day of discharge (One support person for discharge instruction understanding, transitional plans, and to provide transportation)
  • Minor patients (under age of 18 years) (One parent/guardian)
  • Labor & Delivery (One support person/labor partner)
  • NICU and postpartum infants (Two parents/guardians)
  • End of Life Care (One support person PLUS at discretion of care team, case by case)
  • Outpatient surgery, procedure area, or clinic (One support person allowed to perioperative area; waiting area during procedure or surgery; see patient post-operatively (as appropriate))
  • Emergency department patient who needs assistance/support; dependent adult patient who may need a support person to help with activities of daily living, emotional well-being, or decision making; patient with cognitive deficits or behavioral concerns; clinical situation where presence of a support person may assist with delivering prognosis and related decision making (One support person at the discretion of the care team, case by case)

Patients, and support persons, are asked to wear a mask.

Patients now wishing to reschedule their elective surgery or procedure can do so by speaking with their provider. Please call your primary care or specialty care clinic to make an appointment.