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St. John’s Health has asked its providers to suspend elective procedures for the time being so the hospital can save personal protective equipment and staff time to deal with the coronavirus.

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St. John’s Health is suspending all elective procedures “for the foreseeable future” in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

CEO Dr. Paul Beaupre alerted staff and physicians to postpone those operations Wednesday morning after President Trump made a request to all hospitals in the U.S. As more details become known, patients will be encouraged to talk to their doctors about individual plans of care.

Hospitals around the country were already canceling elective medical procedures in an effort to save personal protective equipment for more urgent needs, keep visitors to hospitals at a minimum and conserve staffers’ time. The U.S. surgeon general urged hospitals and health care systems to consider that move Saturday in a tweet following a recommendation from the American College of Surgeons.


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