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Published on October 12, 2021

Cone Health Returns to Normal Surgical Schedules

The change will take a month as COVID-19 numbers decline.


Cone Health plans to return to a normal surgical schedule by the end of the month. On Aug. 30, Cone Health asked surgeons and patients to put off non-essential surgeries that needed to be done in a hospital or required an overnight stay. The action was taken to reduce the number of people in Cone Health hospitals as COVID-19 cases climbed.

“I thank our medical staff and I especially thank the people who decided they could wait for that knee surgery or hernia repair,” says Kenneth Rempher, Ph.D., RN, chief nurse executive, Cone Health. “Just because a surgery may not be lifesaving, doesn’t mean it’s not life changing. Many surgeries alleviate pain or improve the quality of life our patients lead. Our staff is ready, and we are comfortable with our ability to resume those.

112 people with COVID-19 were in Cone Health hospitals midnight Oct. 11. That is the fewest number of people since Aug. 20. The number and types of surgeries being resumed will depend on how many COVID-19 patients are in Cone Health hospitals, the numbers in emergency departments and other factors.

People ready to reschedule a delayed surgery, should contact their doctor.