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When the COVID-19 pandemic started, hospitals in North Carolina postponed many procedures to create capacity for a potential surge in patients. This was in line with decisions made by the state and helped health systems like Vidant Health adequately prepare for the pandemic and proactively implement important safety measures to ensure the health and well-being of patients and team members.

Now that the curve continues to flatten, Vidant is phasing in the essential care and services, defined as any surgery or procedure that, if not done within four weeks, would potentially harm the patient. This includes select general and orthopedic surgeries, cardiac, vascular and gastroenterology procedures.

Dr. Michael Waldrum, CEO of Vidant, said eastern North Carolina has higher rates of chronic conditions and diseases meaning these essential care and services play a large role in caring for the region. He said it will be important to take a phased approach over time to ensure safety of patients and team members. He said Vidant is using well-established protocols that reflect guidelines and best practices outlined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the U.S. Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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