Manhattan and Wamego’s local hospitals are limiting elective non-emergent services, as part of COVID-19 preparedness efforts.
In a statement released Wednesday morning, Bob Copple, president of Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan said “there is no substitute for that independent medical judgement, but it’s critical that we all be good stewards of our healthcare resources.”
Surgeons and other physicians who perform procedures at Ascension Via Christi hospitals and other ambulatory sites of care are being asked to postpone elective, non-urgent cases such as bariatric, plastic joint replacement and others for 45 days or more. Patients scheduled for non-emergent procedures should consult with their care team with any questions.
Additionally, annual wellness visits and well child visits that don’t involve immunizations are being postponed to 60 days from the original appointment date.