MIDWEST ENDOSCOPY CENTER STATEMENT ON COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS
CLOSURE OF MIDWEST ENDOSCOPY CENTER
As of Monday, March 16, 2020, the Midwest Endoscopy Center temporarily closed all operations due to the concerns regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
This decision was a proactive one and intended to limit the exposure of our patients and staff to this virus. There have been no cases of the COVID-19 virus linked to the Midwest Endoscopy Center. The decision to close the center was in line with the recommendations from the Surgeon General, our national GI and surgical societies and the CDC, as well as other public health agencies. It is the recommendation that all elective and non-urgent endoscopic and surgical procedures be cancelled for the present time.
We are aware that the cancellation of these procedures will undoubtedly cause concern to many of our patients. Those procedures that are deemed to be urgent by your physician will be prioritized and be performed, on a case by case basis, as soon as possible.
It is the expectation that these more urgent procedures will be moved to Edward Hospital. Please be aware that Edward Hospital, like all hospitals, will be following the same current emergency guidelines and will be under intense pressure to restrict its facilities to the sickest and most urgent patients.
As the National State of Emergency continues, we will respond accordingly to the most current recommendations from our government and public health agencies.
In the meantime, we urge our patients to monitor the CDC website and stay informed of the latest updates regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus from their local, state and national news releases.
Midwest Endoscopy Board of Directors