OrthoVirginia to resume elective surgeries in surgery centers

by OrthoVirginia Team

OrthoVirginia to resume elective surgeries in surgery centers

Richmond, VA, April 29, 2020 - In accordance with Governor Northam’s order announced today, OrthoVirginia will resume elective surgeries and procedures this Friday, May 1. These cases were paused in response to the coronavirus outbreak spreading in our communities and the need to protect our patients and staff.

 “In addition to continuing to treat patients during this pandemic, OrthoVirginia providers, administration and staff have been working tirelessly to create the safest surgery environments for our patients,” said Dr. Anthony Shaia, Chief Medical Officer. “We have been in constant contact with our suppliers to ensure we have appropriate PPE and surgery supplies in anticipation of resuming elective surgery.”

OrthoVirginia will prioritize rescheduling patients whose surgeries were delayed or postponed. Those patients will receive communication from their provider’s office with additional information. Patients will be contacted in the order of which their case was postponed.

As surgeries resume, OrthoVirginia is introducing enhanced policies and procedures to protect patients, their family, and staff. These policies and procedures include additional screening of all surgical patients with the intended goal to decrease the risk of transmission of coronavirus or any other respiratory illness.

OrthoVirginia continues to enforce the following policies and procedures:

  • Screening all patients, visitors, and employees for symptoms of coronavirus or other respiratory illnesses, including screening for fever
  • Practicing social distancing as much as possible
  • Limiting the number of guests per surgery patient to one
  • Requiring masks for everyone within our facility who comes into contact with anyone else

“At OrthoVirginia, our team’s primary focus during this pandemic has been on creating the safest environment to care for our patients and our staff to provide care,” said Dr. John Barnard, President and Interim CEO. “Our priority has always been patient safety. With this epidemic we are now focused not just on the safety of the patient’s surgery but on a patient’s safety from the time they leave their house until they are able to return there.”

For more information about OrthoVirginia’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.OrthoVirginia.com/coronavirus.