Scheduled surgeries and procedures FAQs

How did you decide to proceed with scheduling surgeries?

At Sky Ridge Medical Center, our strategies have been focused on planning and prepping to safely reinitiate routine patient care services, including procedures and surgeries.

Scheduled procedures are not the equivalent of “optional” procedures that can be delayed indefinitely – they are procedures that can be scheduled. Defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), they have been classified within tiers of urgency and acuity, allowing us to prioritize services as we take a measured approach to this transition. Deferring important medical procedures can result in patients unnecessarily suffering at home, and subsequently seeking care only when their conditions have escalated to a serious state.

As we continue to monitor the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sky Ridge Medical Center and our parent company, HCA Healthcare, have begun to thoughtfully re-introduce these procedures and surgeries.

How will my experience be different now compared to before COVID-19?

Important precautions implemented in the earliest stages of COVID-19 remain in place across all our facilities.

  • Limited entrances and enhanced wayfinding: We continue to limit the number of entrances into our hospital, so you will see enhanced wayfinding signage throughout, including entrances and exits. We are asking all our surgical and procedure patients to enter through our Spine & Total Joint Center entrance (a COVID-free zone) on the east side of our campus.
  • Screening: Staff screeners are present at entrances to ask a series of questions to all individuals arriving at the facility, including questions regarding symptoms. All patients and visitors will have their temperatures taken and will be masked.
  • COVID testing: To protect you and our caregivers, we are requiring that every surgical patient have a COVID-19 test administered by the hospital within 48 hours of surgery. Our Pre-Admission Testing Team will be reaching out to you to schedule your drive-up test appointment.
  • Social distancing and visitation: We currently permit one visitor (screened negative and masked) to accompany patients during procedures and also offer virtual visitation. Common areas such as our Cafe and lobbies have been reconfigured to ensure adequate spacing.
  • Isolating COVID-19 patients: We have also established dedicated units and/or areas for COVID-19 patients, minimizing any risk to others coming in to our facility.

Is it safe to return to your facility? (How can I be sure the room, the x-ray machine, the OR and the recovery room are safe?)

Because we deal with infectious diseases every day, we are uniquely equipped to safely manage coronavirus. Elevated cleaning measures, constant housekeeping, access to alcohol-based hand gel, and regular sanitation are all part of our daily routines, and we have also added enhanced protections, including UV light disinfection, universal masking, comprehensive screening, escorting patients to procedures to reduce risk of exposure and treating all COVID-19 patients in isolated area of our hospital. This ensures our hospital is a safe care environment, and all patients, visitors and staff are protected from exposure to infectious diseases like COVID-19.

How can I be confident my doctors and nurses don’t have coronavirus?

The same protections we have in place for our patients are those we have in place for our caregivers. COVID-19 care teams are assigned to separate areas within our hospital and will not be assisting your care team. Staff and physicians are screened for COVID-19 symptoms and tested when necessary, and our clinical care team colleagues are not permitted to work if experiencing any respiratory symptoms. Universal masking is in place, and we are appropriately stocked with personal protective equipment (PPE) for all of our clinical teams.