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Mayo postponing non-essential procedures, limiting points of entry at hospital

Mayo postponing non-essential procedures, limiting points of entry at hospital

Dr. Amy Williams

Dr. Amy Williams 

In an effort to best serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayo Clinic Health System is deferring elective care for the next two months and limiting public entrances to the hospital.

As of March 18, patients may enter through the La Crosse hospital’s main entrance by the circle drive, the cancer center entrance, the east side main clinic entrance, the Family Health Clinic Entrance or the emergency department entrance. Additionally, all visitors must be screened at an entry point before 7 p.m. and leave the hospital by 9 p.m.

Visitors to Mayo’s Sparta campus may only enter through the hospital main entrance or the emergency department entrance. The entrance limitations at both locations are being temporarily enforced to facilitate individual screenings prior to admittance.

Starting Monday, non-emergency surgeries, procedures and office visits to all Mayo locations will be postponed for at least the next eight weeks. Urgent, semi-urgent and emergency care will continue in clinic and hospital settings.

“We have carefully evaluated the readiness of our facilities, personnel, capacity and supply availability, and assessed community transmission within our regions,” said Dr. Amy Williams, dean of the practice of Mayo Clinic Rochester. “...This decision is being made to ensure the safest possible environment for our patients and staff and to free up resources to assist in Mayo Clinic’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff working in impacted areas will be redeployed where needed most.”

Mayo staff will contact patients with scheduled appointments to alert them of changes or cancellations.

A Gundersen Health System representative says the hospital is contacting patients directly to inform them of surgery status.

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