BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–After approval from the State Department of Health, Catholic Health will resume its full elective surgery schedule this week.
Officials say they now test all patients for COVID-19 before surgery. They are also working with families to keep them updated while they are not able to wait on-site during a procedure.
Catholic Health says it has been able to keep its surgical hospitals virtually COVID-free by transferring nearly all the COVID patients to the treatment facility at St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga and St. Joseph Post-Acute Center in Orchard Park.
“In addition to the new processes we put into place, our COVID Continuum at St. Joseph Campus and the St. Joseph Post-Acute Center is enabling us to provide a safer care environment for our elective surgery patients,” said Mark Sullivan, President & CEO of Catholic Health.
Catholic Health has also been performing elective surgery procedures at Mount St. Mary’s in Lewiston since early May.