Cone Health pauses elective surgeries

Piedmont Triad News

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — A Triad hospital is pausing some procedures.

According to a release, Cone is delaying most non-essential surgeries to care for growing numbers of COVID-19 patients. This is effective August 30. 

“We have learned a great deal over the past 18 months that will allow us to efficiently implement this change,” says Dr. Valerie Leschber, senior vice president, chief medical officer, Cone Health. “This is a proactive measure, and we expect to scale back these elective/non-urgent cases through the month of September.” Projections show this latest surge peaking in September. 

Cone Health urges the public not to delay emergency care when needed. “Not treating heart attacks and strokes in a timely manner resulted in lifelong disabilities and deaths earlier in this pandemic,” says Leschber. “We are taking this action in part, so that we can continue caring for people with true medical emergencies.” 

Patients with impacted surgeries will be notified.

Cone Health urges everyone eligible to get vaccinated, wear masks, frequently hand wash and social distance.  

Recently Cone Health began reporting data on vaccinated vs. unvaccinated patients on their COVID-19 dashboard. As of midnight Thursday, Cone Health said they had 130 patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

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