Elective surgeries are postponed, total visitor restrictions begin Saturday
To best protect the health of our patients, staff and community, Yuma Regional Medical Center made two major announcements Friday.
Beginning Saturday, March 21, YRMC will begin restricting all visitors to the hospital.
To conserve precious medical resources, all elective surgeries (planned, non-emergency) are being postponed for four weeks.
Some exceptions will apply and include:
- Patients in serious condition or end-of-life
- Patients in Emergency Department
- Patients in active labor
- Parents of patients 21 and under (max 2)
- People who have court-appointed guardianship for a patient
YRMC extends its sincere thanks to the community for its ongoing patience, understanding and cooperation as we work together to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The visitation restrictions are aimed at protecting the health of everyone - inside and outside the hospital - until the transmission of this particular virus is no longer a threat.
“Enhanced” visitation restrictions remain in effect at all other YRMC facilities, including the Cancer Center and all ambulatory clinics throughout the community. At those locations, visitors must be 18 years or old, unless they are a patient or the parent of a patient. Patients may be joined by just one companion, with an exception for pediatric patients, where both parents may be present. Some exceptions may apply.
As part of YRMC’s response to COVID-19, we are continually and carefully evaluating the readiness of our facilities, personnel, capacity and supplies.
Effective Friday, March 20, elective surgeries and procedures will be deferred for four weeks. This precautionary step puts the needs of our patients and staff first, while helping to ensure that YRMC has the capacity – everything from healthy health care workers to needed supplies - to care for the patients who need medical care the most.
YRMC Outpatient Surgery department, located inside Parkview Medical Plaza, will be closed for four weeks beginning Monday, March 23.
Surgeries involving medical emergencies that are time-sensitive or would adversely impact a patient’s health if delayed will continue.