Time-Sensitive Elective Surgeries & In-Office Visits Resume at Marlette Regional Hospital

Time-sensitive surgeries/procedures and in-office physician visits for non-COVID patients will resume at Marlette Regional Hospital and its clinic practices effective May 4, 2020 as determined medically necessary by a licensed medical provider to preserve patients’ health and wellbeing.

“Now that personal protective equipment (PPE) supply is more accessible and because procedures or visits that may not have been time sensitive over the last several weeks may be now, we will slowly begin to reengage patients in need of medical services that may have been delayed as a result of this pandemic,” shares Hilda Hebberd, Chief Nursing Officer for United Healthcare Partners.

Elective surgeries and a majority of in-office visits were suspended back in mid-March with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and to comply with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-17 (COVID-19), which temporarily suspended elective procedures. Since then, Marlette Regional Hospital performed treatments and surgeries only for emergent conditions and turned to telemedicine visits for a majority of office calls to our primary care practices.

The safety of our patients and staff continues to be our #1 priority and we will continue to take extraordinary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Patients can expect to be screened over the phone prior to their visit and on the day of their visit for COVID-19 symptoms. Patients will also be asked to wear a mask during their visit; if the patient does not have a mask, one will be provided. Staff will continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to the start of their workday. The number of patients scheduled for in-office visits and surgeries will be limited each day to allow for social distancing, so visits may take longer than normal. Visitor restrictions remain in place at this time, so patients should not bring a guest with them unless they are accompanying a minor, are a legal guardian, or are exercising power of attorney.

“It is important for patients experiencing signs or symptoms of possible life-threatening emergencies or conditions to not delay seeking treatment. We are taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all patients and staff at our facilities,” adds Hilda Hebberd, Chief Nursing Officer for United Healthcare Partners.

Marlette Regional Hospital staff will be contacting patients by phone and the most emergent cases will be scheduled first. Marlette Regional Hospital will continue to utilize available technology such as telemedicine in lieu of in-person office visits where our providers deem it appropriate to do so.

For more information, please call 989-635-4000 or visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org.