|Trinity Health System Prepares to Resume Paused Services
“Like most hospitals, Trinity Health System stopped performing certain procedures and services to prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients and ensure we could provide these patients with the safest care,” said Dr. Pat Macedonia, Chief of Surgery for the Health System. “In taking the steps to resume some procedures, Trinity Health System is using criteria that is based on guidance from the CDC, US Surgeon General, American Hospital Association, and the leading national associations of nurses, surgeons, and anesthesiologists.”
“The safety of our patients and staff always comes first,” Dr. Macedonia continued. “We will continue to take significant steps to make sure it is safe to provide care and be treated at our hospital. In addition, to existing safety precautions like limiting visitation and universal masking for staff and patients, we are asking that patients wear their own cloth mask or face covering when coming to our facilities, including our hospitals, clinics and physician offices. We won’t be able to provide every service right away – rather this will be a gradual process, with the most urgent procedures being prioritized using a process created by our clinical teams.”
“In the initial phases, we will be scheduling procedures that will not require hospitalization. We will also be resuming screening mammography and colonoscopy procedures,” stated Dr. Macedonia.
Trinity Health System officials advise that if you had a procedure that was temporarily postponed, you may be able to reschedule that now. Please call your physician for information on moving forward.
“Serving our communities is our calling, and safely resuming these procedures is one of the best ways we can help our communities heal” said Matt Grimshaw, CEO. “Even though we have not been able to perform these procedures, they are critically important to our patients to help alleviate pain, treat chronic conditions, or prevent a condition from worsening. We look forward to doing what our mission calls us to do each day and provide the care that our patients and our communities depend on.”
About Trinity Health System: Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.