Florida Hospital Association releases plan to restart elective surgeries

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In March, the FHA Board of Trustees voted in favor of postponing elective procedures

The Florida Hospital Association (FHA) released a plan on Tuesday, shared with Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ task force on reopening Florida, to resume elective surgeries and procedures while protecting patients and employees from COVID-19.

With hospitals closed to elective surgeries to make room and preserve protective equipment for COVID-19 patients, several hospitals are operating in the red to treat Floridians during the pandemic.

“Florida’s hospitals remain vigilant,” said FHA Interim President Crystal Stickle in a statement. “We are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our patients, employees and communities. This has been, and will continue to be, our top priority.”

In March, the FHA Board of Trustees voted in favor of postponing elective procedures to preserve personal protective equipment for the hospital workforce, originally just an advisory. The following day, DeSantis made the order official, tying it to the COVID-19 state of emergency order currently set to expire May 9.

But with the number of new cases seemingly in decline this month, the Governor’s task force, and now the FHA, are thinking of the first steps the state can take to get the economy rolling again.

As of Tuesday evening, 27,869 people have tested positive and 867 Floridians have died.

And as for elective surgeries, DeSantis told reporters Tuesday he supported lifting the ban.

“We need to do it pretty quickly, because, if we keep it up the way we are going, I think more people are going to get laid off,” he said. “I think there is going to be less financial viability for some of these health care outfits, which is very important.”

FHA’s four-part plan for hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers to safely resume elective surgeries and procedures was designed to be a position paper for the task force, according to the association.

Steps include observing the rate of new infections, preventing transmission between patients and health care providers, establishing a transparent and collaborative prioritization process of elective surgeries and using hospital networks to fully restore health care services.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


4 comments

  • Florida Voice for the Unborn

    April 22, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    It is appalling that Governor DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody failed to enforce the prohibition of elective medical procedures (Executive Order 20-72) against abortion facilities. This was a missed opportunity to save the lives of countless unborn children. Texas successfully defended in court its ban on abortions during the height of the coronavirus crisis. Other states also banned abortion and fought in court to maintain the bans. But not Florida – what an absolute disgrace!

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  • R K

    April 22, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Elective surgeries aren’t just facelifts and breast enlargement. I am in dire need of of coronary heart surgery with only one 90% blocked supply. I will not survive any sort of heart attack MI. Doctors give me zero chance if I am outside a hospital. And here I am unable to receive medical care.

    I may die from corona virus, just not with it. We gotta get real here.

  • $$$$

    April 23, 2020 at 10:19 am

    The COVID “crisis” is going to get even worse if all the hospitals are bankrupt.

  • Barbara Kroll

    April 23, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Please open for elective surgeries.

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