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Hospitals Remain Available for All Medical Emergencies, Not Just COVID-19

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Hospitals Remain Available for All Medical Emergencies, Not Just COVID-19


Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

Regional Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications | PA Markets

Roxborough, Suburban, and Lower Bucks Hospital

(215) 785-9817

Hospitals Remain Available for All Medical Emergencies, Not Just COVID-19
Patients Suffering Non-COVID-19 Emergencies, Such as Heart Attacks or Strokes, Should Not Delay Care and Still Visit ER

[April 16, 2020] – Ensuring safe access to emergency medical care continues to be important, even during a pandemic. The Emergency Department physicians and staff at Suburban Community Hospital, a member of Prime Healthcare, remain available to serve emergency needs for non-COVID related issues. Patients should not delay care when needed, especially for conditions where early diagnosis and treatment can be lifesaving, such as heart attack and stroke.

Recent trends suggest that patients are not seeking care for emergencies and delays in diagnosis are leading to poor outcomes. Stay-at-home orders issued by public health agencies make exceptions for those in need of emergency medical treatments. Signs or symptoms of medical emergencies should not be ignored. Those experiencing signs of a heart attack or stroke, such as chest pain or sudden muscle weakness, should still call 911 or visit the emergency room immediately.

“Our Emergency Department remains open, sage and ready to serve patients and our community, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week,” said Matt Shelak, CEO of Suburban Community Hospital, who added that the hospital is concerned that some people might ignore danger signs and postpone trips to the ER for fear of being exposed to the coronavirus. “We are well prepared to handle non-COVID emergencies as well as able to deal with an influx of potential COVID-19 cases, and are following all state, local and federal guidelines to safeguard our staff and other patients from exposure.”

Suburban Community Hospital is consistently recognized for clinical excellence. We are proud of our many quality achievements including recognition as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, Certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Leap Frog Grade A, Recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 and 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award, Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Hip Fracture two consecutive years (2019-2020), Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for two consecutive years (2019-2020), and numerous achievements for heart and stroke care.

Those experiencing mild flu-like symptoms should consult with their primary care physician while taking precautions to self-isolate and limit contact with family members while at home. If symptoms worsen, however – including a consistent cough and fever -- visit an emergency room as soon as possible.

Information on the potential warning signs of a heart attack can be found here: For signs of a stroke, visit

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About Suburban Community Hospital- Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 65 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology. Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County, and Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County.