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Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health will temporarily postpone elective surgeries that require an inpatient stay beginning Monday, August 16. Same-day surgical procedures or urgent and emergent surgeries will not be impacted. Patients will be notified directly to reschedule their procedure if their surgery is affected.

“We have continued to work with our surgeons and surgical services team throughout this most recent spike in cases to manage our patients’ surgical needs along with the increase in patient volume,” said Timothy Regan, MD, Lakeland Regional Health Chief Medical Officer and President of Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. “Postponing elective surgeries that require an overnight stay will allow us to create additional physical capacity, as well as have additional clinicians available to care for the high census of patients positive for COVID-19 at the Medical Center.”

“The number of patients positive for COVID-19 at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center is over 350, and with that number continuing to increase, it is very important that we take the appropriate steps that allow us to provide safe, quality care for patients with COVID-19 and for those with other illnesses,” said Danielle Drummond, MS, FACHE, President and CEO of Lakeland Regional Health. “We have been consistently finding innovative ways to care for the increased number of patients we are seeing, and postponing elective surgeries is an additional way for us to provide more space and resources for our patients.”

Lakeland Regional Health will also continue limited visitation at its Medical Center and ambulatory locations. The visitation policy at the Medical Center allows for one visitor per patient with the following exceptions:

  • Obstetric hospital patients: 1 labor partner + doula.
  • Pediatric, Children’s Emergency and NICU patients: Both parents.
  • Patients at the end of life: Visitors with approval of nursing leader in charge of unit.
  • Patients undergoing surgery: 2 visitors.
  • Emergency Department respiratory patients: No visitation unless approved by the department leader.

For full details of the Lakeland Regional Health visitation policies for both the Medical Center and ambulatory locations, visit mylrh.org/medical-center-visitation-policy.

All visitors are screened, have their temperatures checked, and must wear a mask at all times while visiting.

Lakeland Regional Health will continue to monitor the situation and will make additional changes as necessary going forward depending on the course of the pandemic.

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