Syracuse hospitals limit elective surgeries to help staffing

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Central New York, many Syracuse hospitals recently decided to scale back on some elective surgeries in order to free up staff.

St. Joseph’s, Crouse and Upstate hospitals have all announced they will limit elective surgeries in some capacity, as the strain on hospital staff caused by COVID-19 continues.

A statement released by St. Joseph’s Hospital says they are stopping some elective surgeries in order free up more hospital staff.

Dr. Philip Falcone, CMO of St. Joseph’s Hospital, said, “Much like we did in the spring, we are examining each surgery to determine which ones can be delayed. Of course, our patients’ health and well-being are of the utmost importance so we are handling this on a case-by-case basis. As COVID cases continue to increase, our colleagues have been incredible about flexing where needed. We truly value their commitment during this time.”

Upstate University Hospital announced last week that it has stopped most elective surgeries.

“Due to rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the region, Upstate University Hospital will cancel all non-urgent elective surgeries and procedures, effective Friday, Dec. 4. When appropriate, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital will help balance the patient load by caring for non-covid adults up to age 30,” a spokesperson for Upstate University Hospital said in a statement.

Crouse Hospital says it is taking a proactive approach as well, limiting inpatient elective surgeries, but outpatient surgeries are not impacted.

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