Carolina Pines Resumes Elective and Non-Urgent Surgeries and Procedures
May 5, 2020
Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center announced today that it is taking the appropriate steps to safely resume some elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures that were previously rescheduled out of an abundance of caution amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The decision to reschedule procedures when clinically appropriate was made in accordance with federal and state guidance and aimed to help preserve critical resources in the event of a surge of COVID-19 patients in the community.
“Resuming these important services is an essential component of meeting our community’s health needs and advancing our mission of Making Communities Healthier,” said Bill Little, Chief Executive Officer of Carolina Pines. “As this work gradually gets underway in our hospital again, we remain committed to conserving critical supplies, being vigilant in our fight against COVID-19, and ensuring that our facility is a safe place for all patients, providers and employees.”
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Carolina Pines has continued to carefully follow guidance from federal, state and local officials, monitor the prevalence of the virus in the community, and evaluate supplies and resources – including personal protective equipment like masks, gowns, gloves and goggles.
The decisions about which procedures can safely move forward will be made only after assessing a comprehensive pre-operative checklist and evaluating potential risks. The hospital will initially focus on scheduling patients with more time-sensitive health needs, and those decisions will be made in partnership with the attending physician/surgeon/proceduralist. Patients who are scheduled and approved for procedures must meet specific requirements, including passing standard COVID-19 screenings. Surgical patients also will be asked to practice “safer at home” behaviors for seven days prior to their procedure to minimize potential exposure; check their temperature twice a day during this 7-day period and report temperatures over 100°F to their provider; and undergo testing for COVID-19.
Patients awaiting information about their previously postponed procedure can expect to hear from their provider or provider’s office to discuss rescheduling at the appropriate time.
Carolina Pines will continue to screen everyone who enters the facility and is requesting that all patients bring their own mask or bandana from home to cover their mouth and nose during their visit. We are also maintaining a zero-visitor protocol for the foreseeable future. These important measures have had a positive impact on ensuring a safe environment, and they also are aligned with the federal government’s guidelines. Additionally, the facility has implemented new processes and procedures to further protect the health of patients, providers and employees.
As a reminder, if you are having a medical emergency, you should call 911 or go directly to the Emergency Room. If possible, tell the dispatch agent if your emergency involves symptoms possibly related to COVID-19.
Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, SC is proud to be a dual-accredited hospital in the Pee Dee Region, accredited by The Joint Commission and The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). CPRMC is an affiliate of MUSC Health and includes a 116-bed acute care hospital and an adjoining medical office building. From routine checkups to complex, state of the art surgery, Carolina Pines is the healthcare provider of choice in our service area, which includes the counties of Darlington, Chesterfield, Lee and Marlboro. This hospital is partially owned by local physicians and LifePoint Health in Brentwood, Tennessee.