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KRMC postpones elective surgery to support rise in COVID cases

Written by The Bee News

January 15, 2021

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KRMC postpones elective surgery to support rise in COVID cases

Kingman, Arizona, January 15, 2021 – As hospital admissions continue to rise, Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) will postpone some non-urgent elective surgical procedures by a few weeks. This is a temporary measure intended to reserve staff and resources to care for COVID-19 patients. Throughout the pandemic, KRMC has prioritized providing healthcare to our community with minimal interruption to our patients. We have been able to strategically arrange services and redeploy staff within our organization so we could keep all service lines open.

As COVID-19 cases climb in the region, hospitals are reporting increased admissions. At KRMC, the positive rate of patients tested for COVID has roughly tripled since November, with hospitalizations showing a similar increase. As of January 2, KRMC’s average number of inpatients with COVID per day was 65, compared with 42 on December 5, and 25 on November 21. As of today’s release, 72 patients with COVID-19 are hospitalized at KRMC.

Many patients are extremely ill, requiring long hospital stays. More hospital staff are testing positive for COVID-19 and taking time away from work to recover. By postponing elective or non-urgent procedures, KRMC can redeploy more staff and resources to care for hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

While emergency surgeries will still occur, other procedures will be evaluated at the surgeon’s discretion for possible deferment. KRMC staff will notify all patients who must be rescheduled.KRMC extends sincere thanks to our community for their patience and understanding throughout this crisis.

 About Kingman Regional Medical Center

(KRMC) is a 235-bed multi-campus health care system in Kingman, Arizona that employs over 1,900 employees, 150 volunteers, and 329 physicians/allied health professionals. KRMC is the largest provider of health and wellness services in northwestern Arizona. It is home to an advanced imaging center, cancer center, cardiovascular center, rehabilitation and balance center, wound care center, sleep disorders center, acute rehabilitation specialty hospital, primary and specialty care clinics, hospice home, and beautiful wellness center. KRMC is also a teaching hospital offering residencies in emergency medicine and family medicine and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The hospital received the Arizona Innovation Award for its efforts to proactively enhance healthcare in a rural community. The hospital’s vision is to provide the region’s best clinical care and patient service through an environment that fosters respect for others and pride in performance. ​

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