FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Garden City Hospital to Resume Non-Emergency Procedures in Accordance with
State, Local Guidelines
May 13, 2020 -- Following newly released COVID-19 guidelines announced by state and
local health officials, Garden City Hospital, a member of Prime Healthcare,
has begun scheduling elective surgeries and procedures.
Saju George, CEO of Garden City 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 on 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 Mr. George. “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 Garden City Hospital
was formed to ensure safe resumption of essential health care services,
including non-emergent surgeries and procedures. 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 re-evaluated and
reassessed as needed. We are also planning to screen and test staff and patients.
Surgery patients are allowed one visitor to the hospital to accompany them
to the waiting area. All patients and visitors must pass through a hospital
screening station where temperatures will be taken prior to entering the
building. We are requesting all patients and visitors wear a mask at all
times while in the building.
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 Dr. Christopher
Doig, D.O. and Chief Medical Officer. “We are well prepared to handle
non-COVID-19 emergencies as well as able to deal with an influx of potential
COVID-19 cases. We are following all state, local and federal guidelines
to safeguard our staff and other patients from exposure.”
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About Garden City Hospital:Garden City Hospital, a part of Prime Healthcare, is a community hospital
with a full range of services. GCH has provided over 73 years of care
to the residents of western Wayne County, Michigan. Over the past few
years, the hospital has been recognized nationally through quality awards
such as the 100 Top Hospitals® and Everest Award by IBM Watson Health™
in 2019 and ranked among top five percent in Michigan for clinical excellence
with the 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ from Healthgrades.
The hospital has also been named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for orthopedic surgery in 2020 and has earned the Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ by Healthgrades for two consecutive
years. Garden City Hospital is a five-star recipient for pacemaker procedures,
hip fracture treatment, spinal fusion surgery, gallbladder removal surgery
and treatment of stroke by Healthgrades in 2020 and is a BlueCross BlueShield
of Michigan Blue Distinction Center+ for Hip & Knee Replacement and
Maternity Care. Learn more at www.gch.org.