March 18, 2020 - Message from Randy Hemann, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Spanish: 18 de marzo de 2020 Mensaje del Dr. Randy Hemann, Director Médico
Somali: Maarso 18, 2020 Fariin Idinkaga Timid Randy Hemann, MD, Madaxa Caafimaadka
Olmsted Medical Center is constantly monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic situation, and as always, we are placing high priority on the safety of our patients, employees, and community.
We continue to evaluate the capacity of our facilities, employees, and supplies while we work with Olmsted County Public Health Services, Mayo Clinic, and other community partners in assessing and responding to the community transmission of COVID-19 in our area.
Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, Olmsted Medical Center will reschedule or defer elective surgeries and procedures for at least eight weeks if the delay will not adversely impact a patient’s condition. Clinical staff will assess every case already scheduled and contact patients to confirm or reschedule surgeries or procedures. Urgent and emergency surgeries and procedures will continue at our locations. We are also reviewing upcoming appointments, and patients may be offered a telephone visit, an e-visit, or an online video visit through OMC MyChart. OMC staff are committed to ensuring the safest environment possible for patients and staff. We are also working within OMC and within the community to ensure resources are available for our patients, for OMC’s response to COVID-19, and for the community’s COVID-19 efforts.
Our team is working to ensure that patients get the care they need, when they need it. Due to the number of calls, patients may experience longer than usual wait times. Thank you for your patience during this period of uncertainty. We ask our patients to refer to our website for updates as they become available.
OMC is limiting the visitors to all our healthcare facilities to protect our patients and our staff. Please refer to these guidelines for more information.
We continue to ask patients and their families to protect their health and the health of those they care about. The CDC has information about how to protect yourself, how to plan and prepare, and what to do if you become ill.