Guthrie Resumes All Surgeries Due to Declining COVID Inpatient Numbers

February 22, 2021

Guthrie announced today that it is resuming all non-emergent surgeries that had been previously postponed. Select non-emergent surgeries had been postponed in order to maintain staffed bed capacity during periods of time when hospital resources were taxed due to a significant increase in COVID-19 patients.  

With current COVID inpatient numbers down more than 50% from December, Guthrie’s surgeons are beginning to address the backlog of surgeries by working longer days to accommodate the increased demand. Guthrie will continue these efforts until all of its patients that were postponed due to COVID have received the care their surgeons recommend. 

Dr. Anne Rizzo, System Surgical Chair, Guthrie said, “The resumption of surgeries is one more step toward returning to ‘normal’ and Guthrie remains optimistic that with vaccinations and the continued vigilance of COVID-19 protocols like masking and distancing, we can maintain this progress.” 

In order to ensure the safety of our patients and staff, a number of precautions remain in effect including:  

  • COVID testing of all patients scheduled for a procedure or surgery.  
  • Masking and social distancing requirements inside all Guthrie facilities.  
  • Modified check-in process for appointments.