As we continue working together to safeguard Oklahoma’s health care workers, patients and community from the spread of COVID-19, Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City and four other hospitals in the greater Oklahoma City metro area have decided to postpone elective, non-urgent surgical procedures. Those hospitals include Integris, Norman Regional Health System, OU Medicine and SSM Health St. Anthony.
Elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures are those that can be rescheduled to a future time and will not significantly impact the patient’s health.
The decision to postpone these surgeries was not taken lightly, given the fact that it will inconvenience patients and impact the co-workers and providers who serve in a surgical capacity. Postponing elective procedures that are safe to delay will protect patients and providers while helping hospitals preserve supplies of personal protective equipment and provide capacity for critically ill patients.
Emergent and urgent surgeries and procedures will continue and include cases that should be done right away or within a 4-week time period because delaying the surgery could negatively affect the patient’s health. In consultation with patients, providers will determine the best course of action to reschedule their procedures in order to meet the patient’s specific health needs.
Mercy will begin contacting patients as their cases become eligible for postponement.