October 26, 2021

Virus delays Guthrie work

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Non-emergency procedures and surgeries are postponed at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center until April 10, while clinical visits will be postponed starting Friday and lasting until April 10, officials announced Wednesday in a news release.

“The health and safety of our patients and staff is always our top priority,” said Dr. Joseph Scopelliti, Guthrie president and CEO. “After careful consideration, we believe that taking this step now is in the best interest of all, and will help us to concentrate on decreasing exposure to the public and making sure we have adequate staff and supplies during this challenging period.”

Procedures are also being postponed at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania; Guthrie Corning Hospital in Corning, New York; Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pennsylvania; Guthrie Troy Community Hospital in Troy, New York and Guthrie Big Flats Same Day Surgery Center in Horseheads, New York.

Scopelliti said surgeons are reviewing every patient’s case to determine whose surgery to postpone.

“The patient’s surgeon or his/her advanced practice provider will call the patient directly if the surgery will be postponed,” he said.

Emergency procedures will continue at Guthrie Cortland, as well as the Robert Packer Hospital and the Corning Hospital.

As for clinical visits everything from annual physicals and well-child visits to routine labs and some post-operation visits will be postponed.

Officials said that clinic visits for some patients will continue, “including sick visits, treatment of diseases such as cancer, physical and occupational therapy and Coumadin monitoring.”

The list of postponed visits is subject to change, the release states.

To find out what visits will be postponed, visit Guthrie.org.