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MountainView RMC resumes outpatient surgeries, elective procedures


MountainView Regional Medical Center (MVRMC) resumed outpatient elective services May 11.

The hospital is following Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s latest public-health order allowing elective surgeries and procedures. Safety remains the hospital’s highest priority.

Numerous precautions for infection prevention, access control, social distancing and patient flow are in place to maintain a safe environment of care. Everyone who enters the building, including staff, is screened, and all employees, physicians and patients are expected to wear masks. The daily number of procedures performed is being limited, and furniture in waiting areas has been spaced to maintain appropriate social distancing. Cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces and caregiving spaces has been intensified. Visitor restrictions for inpatients remain in effect, with exceptions for laboring mothers, pediatric patients and end-of-life situations.

“As we reopen elective procedures, our entire MountainView team is working diligently to keep every patient safe,” said MVRMC Chief of Staff Karina McArthur. “Patients who delayed surgery or other non-emergency procedures can now work with their physicians to schedule necessary care as we resume elective procedures, surgeries and diagnostic studies.”

Non-COVID-19-care zones have been delegated in the hospital, where patients who are screened as negative for COVID-19 will receive care. COVID-19 positive patients are grouped together in the same unit away from all other patients.

“As we resume more healthcare services, we are laser focused on patient safety and taking many steps to create safe care environments for all of our patients” said MVRMC CEO Derrick Cuenca.

All patients scheduling surgery or other invasive procedures will be tested for COVID-19 in advance of the procedure, the news release said. The hospital is closely monitoring its inventory of test kits, personal protective equipment, medications and other needed supplies, to ensure sufficient resources to support the number of patients in care.


At the same time, MountainView Medical Group physician practices are opening back up for in-person visits. Telehealth will continue to be available for visits, as needed. Clinic staff will be kept to a minimum to maintain appropriate social distancing.

Anyone having questions regarding the resumption of MVRMC services should contact his or her primary care provider or specialty care provider.

Visit www.mountainviewregional.com.