BJC HealthCare, in conjunction with our Washington University School of Medicine partners and the Mercy St. Louis, SSM Health, and St. Luke’s Hospital health systems, will stop elective procedures effective March 23. “Elective” care is considered care that can be delayed for eight weeks or more without appreciable risk to patients or families, and without compromising our standards of care.
These actions are in line with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College of Surgeons, the Surgeon General, and other specialty organizations. We will regularly revisit this policy as the situation evolves and will resume elective procedures as soon as we can safely do so.
This difficult decision was made in order to increase patient and teammate safety by:
- supporting social distancing due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and reducing the number of individuals in our facilities
- conserving resources needed to fight COVID-19, such as medicines, protective equipment, hospital beds, and personnel
- being ready to meet the increasing health needs of our communities during this time.
Patients’ physicians, in consultation with the hospital, the patient, and other professionals, are in the best position to evaluate and make this decision. If you had a procedure scheduled, and are unsure of its status, please contact your physician or care provider.