Summa Health to suspend most elective surgeries due to COVID-19 surge

Summa Health to suspend most elective surgeries due to COVID-19 surge

AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - Summa Health announced Saturday night that the hospital will suspend most elective surgeries due to the continuation of rising coronavirus cases in Ohio.

Most elective procedures in the areas of Surgical Services, Cardiology, Endoscopy, and Interventional Radiology will stop, Summa Health said in a Facebook post.

“Covid patients we have about 140 this morning we need to have enough qualified staff to take care of them,” said Dr. Cliff Deveny from Summa Health.

Summa Health joins Cleveland Clinic in postponing elective surgeries as Ohio faces what Gov. Mike DeWine called a “third wave.”

Deveny wants patients to stay calm.

“If a patient has a urgent need for care or has an emergent surgery we are continuing to do those,” he said.

Jaime Blankenship was one of the patients that was all set to go for surgery this week.

She said she understands this isn’t the Hospital’s fault but said she’s disappointed by people not taking the pandemic seriously.

“I deliver food for a living and I see the large gatherings every day,” Blankenship said.

Ohio surpassed 400,000 coronavirus cases on Saturday. Ohio surpassed 300,000 cases less than two weeks ago on Nov. 17, 2020.

The suspension begins at 12 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Emergency services will not be impacted.

Outpatient centers and Summa Health Medical Group offices remain open.

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