By: 1812Blockhouse Staff; OhioHealth; Akron Children’s Hospital
The changes to Ohio’s various COVID-19-related orders is having an impact on Richland County medical facilities. In the last few days, two health systems have announced changes to procedures and policies that reflect the new direction shared by the State of Ohio.
Akron Children’s Hospital will be expanding the number and types of procedures available to its patients, as well as rescheduling surgeries and other appointments that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These changes will impact the Akron Children’s Health Center at 1029 South Trimble Road in Mansfield.
“We are still finalizing our remobilization plans and clinical teams will be reaching out to families regarding those surgeries, procedures and in-office appointments that had been put on hold,” said Lisa Aurilio, chief operating officer for Akron Children’s. “We plan to proceed slowly as our top priority is the safety of our patient families and employees, and preventing the spread of the virus. We are also carefully watching the inventory of PPE, including gowns, masks, gloves and other supplies, given the global shortages.”
As Akron Children’s expands services to levels nearer the pre-pandemic volumes, patients will notice some differences when they return to its facilities. For example:
Additional details will be announced in coming days on Akron Children’s website – akronchildrens.org – and through its social media channels.
On Friday, OhioHealth stated that it was moving to a gradual return of elective surgeries.
“We have done a terrific job over these last few months of creating a safe environment for our caregivers, patients and visitors,” said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, senior vice president and chief medical officer at OhioHealth. “As we resume electives, maintaining and enhancing that high level of safety will be at the core of all we do.”
The following protocols will be implemented at all OhioHealth care sites, including its hospitals in Mansfield and Shelby, prior to the start of elective surgeries on Friday: