AdventHealth Hendersonville Expands COVID-19 Precautions by Postponing Elective Surgeries and Procedures

AdventHealth Hendersonville Expands COVID-19 Precautions by Postponing Elective Surgeries and Procedures

Mar. 13, 2020; HENDERSONVILLE, N.C.  – AdventHealth Hendersonville is expanding its actions to protect patients, team members and the community during this COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 it is temporarily postponing elective surgeries and procedures.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been working very closely with our Medical Staff Leadership to track the impact on our region. We determined now is the time to take this action because of the increase in confirmed and presumed positive cases here in North Carolina,” said Jimm Bunch, AdventHealth Hendersonville President and CEO. “Let me be clear, AdventHealth Surgical Services will continue to provide emergency surgical care. And we are following the discretion of our surgeons to determine which surgeries are emergent.”

Bunch states, “This is an important decision and one that none of us take lightly.  Because so little is known about COVID-19, we realize we can’t afford to wait to make this decision until after it is too late to have the desired impact, which is to keep our patients and care teams safe.”

AdventHealth is closely monitoring and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as, State and County Health Departments regarding COVID-19. Patient safety and the safety of its team members will continue to drive its decisions during this time.

This proactive move to mitigate exposure to the COVID-19 virus and protect patients and team members will be effective until further notice. Going forward, AdventHealth Administrators and Medical Staff Leadership will be assessing the situation and making determinations regarding the surgery schedules on a weekly basis.

“We recognize this decision will impact our patients, but we also believe this action is in their best interest at this time. We thank you for understanding and appreciate your support in this effort to protect you, your loved ones and our community.”

Any patient who has questions regarding a surgery scheduled at AdventHealth Hendersonville should contact their physician.

About AdventHealth Hendersonville: Founded in 1910, AdventHealth Hendersonville, formerly Park Ridge Health, is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of our growing communities, providing high-quality, compassionate, not-for-profit care in a Christian environment.

In 1984, AdventHealth Hendersonville became a member of Adventist Health System. With a sacred mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, AdventHealth is a connected system of care for every stage of life and health. More than 80,000 skilled and compassionate caregivers in physician practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and hospice centers provide individualized, wholistic care. A shared vision, common values, focus on whole-person health and a commitment to making communities healthier unify the system's nearly 50 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites in diverse markets throughout almost a dozen states.

Leading the way in many medical firsts for the region, AdventHealth Hendersonville is the first hospital in Western North Carolina to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for five orthopedic specialties including Spine Surgery, Total Ankle Replacement, Total Hip Replacement, Total Knee Replacement and Total Shoulder Replacement. It is also the first to use the Mazor X™ and Navio™ Robotic Guidance Platforms. AdventHealth Hendersonville consistently earns national ranking for its commitment to patient safety, earning the overall Five-Star rating in Quality from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), seven consecutive “A” grades in Leapfrog Group’s Safety Grade survey and the 2019 Award for Excellence in Patient Safety Across the Board from Premier, Inc.

AdventHealth Hendersonville includes cardiac care and rehabilitation, emergency services, nationally awarded cancer care, state-of-the-art surgical care, full-service orthopedic care, an award-winning labor and delivery experience, and a full range of imaging services to help people across our region experience whole health. For more information about AdventHealth Hendersonville or to find a physician, please visit AdventHealthNC.com or call Call855-774-LIFE (5433).