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Lee Health resumes some elective surgeries

By Staff | Feb 15, 2022

Lee Health announced on Monday they are once again partially resuming elective surgeries that require an overnight hospital stay.

Surgeries that could be safely postponed were put on hold in the first week of January due to the Omicron surge and high hospital census across the health system. Officials said the resumption of these surgeries is being phased in based on bed capacity at each hospital campus.

“Lee Health is thankful for the patience of our patients and the community while these surgeries were suspended,” said Lee Health spokesperson Jonathon Little in an email. “The best thing everyone can do to help prevent future COVID-19 surges is to get vaccinated or boosted today.”

By the Numbers

As of Tuesday morning, there were 149 COVID-19 patients isolated at Lee Health inpatient hospitals. Of those patients, four are being treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

As of Tuesday morning, hospital census was at 94% of staffed operational bed capacity. Staffed operational capacity reflects the number of beds for which the hospital has adequate staffing, not the total number of beds within Lee Health hospitals. Overall bed capacity fluctuates hour to hour as the system discharges patients throughout the day who are ready to go home. Census in the intensive care unit was at 93% of staffed operational bed capacity on Tuesday. There were 16 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

On Monday, Lee Health emergency departments saw 912 patients.

Officials added that Lee TeleHealth is currently free and an easy alternative to avoid longer than normal wait times at urgent care centers.

Lee Health is making this service free for community members so they can utilize urgent care telehealth services from the comfort of their homes. This option allows anyone with non-life-threatening COVID-19 symptoms to avoid long COVID-19 testing lines, Lee Convenient Care locations and the emergency department. Lee Health emergency departments are not designated COVID-19 testing locations. The normal cost of a visit is $49.

“Lee TeleHealth is an on-demand medical service that connects patients directly with a physician or advanced provider and is available 24/7,” officials said. “All you need to use Lee TeleHealth is a smartphone, tablet or a computer with a webcam.”

To access Lee Telehealth, download the Lee Health app or visit www.LeeTelehealth.org.

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