July 02, 2020
Tampa, FL – HCA Healthcare Pinellas County hospitals Largo Medical Center, Northside Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital will delay certain deferrable inpatient surgeries and procedures to reduce inpatient bed capacity pressures, effective Monday, July 6. The change does not affect hospital-based outpatient surgeries or procedures, or those performed at HCA Healthcare Ambulatory Surgery Centers.
“Our hospital inpatient beds in Pinellas County are already reaching near capacity and with the number of COVID-19 positive community members growing exponentially, we are preparing now in supporting our caregivers efforts to provide safe, effective and efficient bedside care to an increasing number of sick patients,” explained Dr. Larry Feinman, Chief Medical Officer for HCA Healthcare West Florida. “We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary.”
The hospitals are working with surgeons to identify appropriate patients for postponement of procedures that typically require a post-surgical inpatient stay. Patients whose procedures will be delayed will be contacted by their surgeon.
“This is one of the ways we can quickly free up beds as we move forward with surge planning,” explained Feinman. “Our ERs remain open and safe, as we continue to prepare for an increase in sick patients and work with other healthcare providers to meet the needs of the communities we serve.”