Salem VA Medical Center postpones non-essential surgeries

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — The Salem Veterans Administration Medical Center postponed non-essential surgeries on Tuesday, March 17.

A statement from the Salem VA said the action is in place to reduce the exposure and spread of coronavirus and would be in place for a minimum of 60 days.

“Following CDC’s recommendations, clinical leadership is reviewing all non-emergent and non-urgent surgical procedures with a plan to minimize, postpone, and reschedule these procedures until the coronavirus is better controlled nationwide,” said Rebecca Stackhouse, Salem VAMC Director. “At this time, our goal is to reduce the risk of exposure and keep our staff safe and mission ready to respond to COVID19.”

Patient outreach has already begun as providers discuss care plans and appointments for previously-scheduled procedures, the hospital says.

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