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Suburban Community Hospital to Resume Non-Emergency Procedures in Accordance with State, Local Guidelines

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Suburban Community Hospital to Resume Non-Emergency Procedures in Accordance with State, Local Guidelines


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Suburban Community Hospital to Resume Non-Emergency Procedures in Accordance with State, Local Guidelines

(05/18/2020) -- Following newly released COVID-19 guidelines announced by state and local health officials, Suburban Community Hospital, a member of Prime Healthcare, has begun scheduling elective surgeries and procedures.

Mathew Mathew, CMO of Suburban Community 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 to 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 Mathew. “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 Suburban Community Hospital was formed to ensure safe resumption of essential health care services, including non-emergent surgeries and procedures. Patients will be screened and tested for COVID-19 prior to any surgery. 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 reevaluated and reassessed as needed.

Surgery patients are allowed one visitor to the hospital to accompany them to the waiting area. All patients and visitors must enter through the main hospital entrance to the screening station where specific questions regarding COVID-19 will be asked, and their temperatures will be taken prior to entering the building. Only patients and one surgery visitor with temperatures below 100.4 will be allowed access through the hospital entrance.

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 Mathews. “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, 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), certification as a Primary Stroke Center, and numerous achievements for heart and stroke care.

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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. Suburban Community Hospital, originally named Riverview Hospital, opened in 1944. Chartered at 740 Sandy Street in Norristown, PA, Riverview Osteopathic Hospital would provide medical and surgical services to the sick, afflicted and injured, and would educate persons in the care and nursing. 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, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County, and Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County.