All Elective Surgeries Temporarily Suspended Due to coronavirus

April 03, 2020

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Updated April 3, 2020: Denver Health has temporarily suspended all elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures due to the spread and impact of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Our decision came just before Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order calling for a similar suspension statewide.

The suspension is to preserve important medical equipment, including personal protective equipment and ventilators which are needed to combat COVID-19. The second reason we decided to suspend elective surgeries is to "keep the vulnerable patients away from our campus where they may be congregating with people who are sick with COVID-19," according to Denver Health Chief Medical Officer, Connie Price, MD. We also want to make sure we are promoting the social distancing that has been encouraged by our public health authorities to stop the spread of this virus.

We will continue to conduct surgeries for patients who have life-threatening conditions.

Watch: Denver Health's chief medical officer explain the decision to suspend all elective surgeries during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Denver Health is currently evaluating the impact this will have on our patients who have previously scheduled surgeries. We will update with new information as soon as it is available.

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