SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Elective surgeries at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield are postponed until Sept. 7 due to the recent surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to a spokesperson for the hospital.
This announcement means any surgery that's not emergent will be pushed back. Patients will have to wait for procedures like joint replacements, hernia repairs, and hysterectomies.
Doctors will still perform time-sensitive and emergent surgeries like heart bypass surgery or anything else where a patient has an immediate, possibly life-threatening issue requiring a medical center, according to the hospital.
Patients who will be affected by the delay have already been notified, McKenzie-Willamette said.
The hospital says it's planning to re-evaluate the situation at the beginning of next week.
PeaceHealth's Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiveBend in Springfield has also delayed elective surgeries until at least Sept. 5.