KRMC postpones non-urgent procedures to accommodate COVID hospitalizations

Written by The Bee News

August 25, 2021

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KRMC postpones non-urgent procedures to accommodate COVID hospitalizations

Kingman, Arizona, August 25, 2021 – As hospitalizations continue to rise, Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) will postpone some non-urgent surgical procedures by a few weeks, effective Monday, August 30th. This is a temporary measure intended to shift 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 strategically arranged services and redeployed staff within the 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 positivity rate of patients tested for COVID has steadily increased throughout the summer. In June of 2021, KRMC’s 30-day positivity rate averaged at 3.15%. KRMC’s current positivity rate is 14.73%.

The hospital’s number of inpatients with COVID-19 continues to rise as well. As of today’s release, 38 patients with COVID-19 are hospitalized at KRMC. By postponing non-urgent procedures, KRMC can redeploy more staff and resources to care for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, who often have extended hospital stays.

While urgent and emergent surgeries will still occur, other procedures will be evaluated at the surgeon’s discretion for possible deferment when it is safe to do so. KRMC staff will notify all patients who must be rescheduled.

“While we temporarily pause select procedures, we assure the community that your health remains our priority,” said Leslie Martin, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer. “We encourage patients not to delay in getting the care they need for any condition.”

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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