Bassett Healthcare Network is resuming elective outpatient surgeries and non-urgent procedures. In addition, the network is undertaking restoration of the full range of healthcare services previously curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New York State Department Of Health ordered the suspension of non-essential outpatient procedures statewide in March because of the coronavirus crisis. Now, nearly two months later, the state is allowing some hospitals upstate to resume services, including all five Bassett Healthcare Network hospitals: Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta, Little Falls Hospital, O’Connor Hospital in Delhi, and Cobleskill Regional Hospital.
Bassett Healthcare Network is undertaking the careful expansion of hospital and clinic services using a phased-in approach over the next couple of months. Patients who had elective outpatient surgeries and non-urgent procedures postponed due to the pandemic will be contacted about rescheduling. Primary and specialty care clinics are staffing up to handle more patient visits; individuals needing care are encouraged to call their practitioner’s office about an appointment.Among the safe care processes in place across Bassett Healthcare Network:
· Proper protective gear for staff
· Visitors and patients provided masks
· Prescreening for symptoms
· Temperature checks at entrances
· Frequent disinfecting and cleaning
· Frequent hand sanitizing
· Social distancing measures
· Separate care areas for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients
· COVID-19 hotline, 607-547-5555, for triaging possible covid patients
· E-check-in and e-visits minimize people in a given area
Antibody and COVID-19 testing
There is considerable interest in COVID-19 antibody testing, as well as continued access to testing for the coronavirus infection. Since the start of the pandemic, Bassett has tested more than 5,500 individuals for COVID-19. The network also recently began offering the antibody test to employees and to patients who have a physician’s order.
In addition, and in response to demand from the business community, Bassett has also established a team of health care professionals who are available to provide COVID-19 testing for employees.