Saint Clare’s Health to Resume Non-Emergency Procedures in Accordance
with State Guidelines
Denville, NJ (May 20, 2020) – Following newly released COVID-19 guidelines
issued today by the state Department of Health, Saint Clare’s Health,
a member of Prime Healthcare, announced that it will resume elective surgeries
and invasive procedures on May 26.
Dr. Neil Udani, Saint Clare’s chief medical officer, said a careful
and structured move toward restarting clinical care operations and procedures
has begun in order to address the needs of the community and expand access
to medical and surgical care.
“The hospital will be carefully monitoring the virus’s ongoing
impact to the community and will maintain its ability to properly respond
to the coronavirus as we begin serving patients with the essential care
they need,” Dr. Udani said. “We want to assure our patients
and community that we are implementing best practices and will do everything
we can to keep them safe.”
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey and free up hospital
resources, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 109 on March 23
suspending elective surgeries and invasive procedures.
On Friday, the governor signed Executive Order 145 reversing the suspension
and directing the state Health Department and the Division of Consumer
Affairs to issue policies and guidelines today.
“While still focusing on the importance of our COVID-19 response,
our health care systems now have the capacity and resources to resume
the critical role of serving their patients and ensuring the health of
our communities,” Murphy said.
A committee of physicians and other clinical leaders at Saint Clare’s
has been meeting regularly to ensure safe resumption of essential health
care services, including non-emergent surgeries and procedures.
Saint Clare’s patients will be screened and tested for COVID-19 72-hours
prior to any surgery even if there are no signs or symptoms of the infection.
Saint Clare’s has made special effort to separate COVID-10 and non-COVID-19
patients in the hospital.
Surgery patients are allowed one visitor to the hospital to accompany them
to the waiting area. All patients and visitors must pass through a hospital
screening station upon entering the building.
Saint Clare’s Health is among the safest hospitals in New Jersey.
The hospital recently was awarded an A in patient safety from the Leapfrog
Group for the fourth period in a row and is a recipient of the Healthgrades
Patient Safety Excellence Award.
Dr. Sonia Mehta, the Region II chief medical officer and corporate CEO
for Prime Healthcare, said patient safety remains the highest priority
at all Prime hospitals and that supplies of personal protective equipment
such as masks, gowns and gloves are more than adequate to treat both COVID-19
patients and those undergoing important elective procedures and surgeries.
“Resuming these important services is essential to our mission of
providing quality, community healthcare,” Dr. Mehta said. “As
a health system, Prime remains committed to conserving critical supplies,
being vigilant in our fight against COVID-19 and its evolving impact and
ensuring that our facilities are safe places for all patients, providers
In addition to Saint Clare’s Health, Prime Healthcare operates Saint
Michael’s in Newark and St. Mary’s General Hospital in Passaic
in New Jersey.
The hospital’s Emergency Department remains open for all those seeking
emergency care. Following physical distancing guidelines for COVID-19
does not mean ignoring the signs or symptoms of other medical emergencies.
“Those experiencing signs of a heart attack or stroke, for instance,
such as difficulty breathing or sudden muscle weakness, should still call
911 or visit the emergency room immediately,” said Brian Finestein,
CEO of Saint Clare’s.
“We are well prepared to handle non-COVID emergencies as well as
able to deal with an influx of potential COVID-19 cases, and are following
all state, local and federal guidelines to safeguard our staff and other
patients from exposure.”
About Saint Clare’s Health
Saint Clare’s Health is a
CMS 5 Star Rated and an award-winning provider of safe, high quality, compassionate care,
serving the communities of Morris and Sussex counties. Its network of
hospitals and healthcare facilities include Denville Hospital, Dover Hospital,
Behavioral Health Centers in Boonton, Denville, and Parsippany, and an
Imaging Center in Parsippany, among other satellite locations. To learn
more visit SainClares.com and Like Us on Facebook.
CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) 5 Star Rating is based
on 100 rigorously tested quality measures at more than 4,000 Medicare
certified hospitals as well as Veteran Health Administration and military
health system hospitals.
Saint Clare’s Health is Joint Commission accredited and both Saint
Clare’s Denville Hospital and Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital have been recognized by the following third-party organizations:
- Leapfrog A Rating for Patient Safety
- One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention
American Heart Association recognitions for:
- Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
- Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award
- Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center – Gold Plus Quality
Achievement Award 2018
- Three Year Accreditation Award with Commendation by the American College
of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
- Accreditations by the American College of Radiology in Radiation Oncology
and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital’s Echocardiology Laboratory at has been recognized by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation
of Echocardiology Laboratories and the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation
of Vascular Laboratories. It is also a recipient of the International
Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners Care Award.
Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital has received Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality
Improvement Program (MBSAQUP) Comprehensive Center Designation Joint Commission
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