CMH reopens to elective procedures

Surgeon preparing for surgery

Surgeries to start the week of May 4

ASTORIA, Ore. – Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) is pleased that Governor Kate Brown has lifted the restrictions placed on non-emergent and elective procedures for hospitals statewide.

The CMH Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and CMH medical providers have ensured that all five criteria put in place by the Oregon Health Authority have been achieved. CMH will resume caring for the surgical needs of our patients the week of May 4, 2020.

The very specific OHA criteria include:

  1. Hospital bed capacity in the region
  2. Two-week (14 day) PPE supply on hand and maintained
  3. Adequate testing capacity
  4. Strict infection control and visitation policies
  5. Necessary resources for peri-operative care

“This action by the Governor, in consultation with the Oregon Health Authority, is imperative to restarting important health care in our community and raising the volumes in our facilities,” said Erik Thorsen, CEO. “We are looking forward to getting back to more of what we do best, caring for the people of Clatsop County.”

Surgeries will be prioritized based on clinical need. CMH surgeons will meet daily to review cases and determine the surgical schedule.. The criteria above are subject to change, so we ask that our patients wait to hear from their providers on surgeries that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the medical community begins to slowly reopen, CMH will update our patients accordingly. Please continue to follow our social media, as well as checking columbiamemorial.org.