Marcus Daly hospital to phase in elective surgeries

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital has begun phasing in elective surgeries and other procedures that have been on hold since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The hospital’s CEO, John Bishop, thanked the community for its efforts to minimize the impacts of COVID-19 that allowed the hospital time to prepare for the reopening of these vital services.

“We were fortunate that citizens took this seriously," Bishop said. "That allowed us time to prepare. While we do anticipate there will be future COVID cases in the county, we wouldn’t be in this position without the community’s help.”

Ravalli County has documented five COVID-19 cases. Each person contracted the virus outside the county. All have recovered from the illness. None required hospitalization.

Gov. Steve Bullock announced a phased-in approach to reopening the state on April 22.

By then, Bishop said Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital had developed strategies to return to doing elective surgeries, including adequate protective equipment for staff and appropriate testing protocols.

“When these announcements came out, we were ready,” Bishop said. “We are open to service the needs of Ravalli County. Over the past few months, we have taken hundreds of measures to ensure the safety of our staff and patients and continue to monitor our personal protective equipment levels daily.

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