Centra says there is a current backlog of 500-1,000 elective surgical procedures across its various facilities, and the first order of business will be testing each patient in advance for COVID-19. One of the main longer-term concerns surrounds availability of those testing kits. Chief Medical Official Doctor Chris Thomson says they are confident of this much:
But Centra officials say resupplies are now coming in at much faster rates., and CEO Andy Mueller says they expect to have enough test kits from this point forward:
Mueller says the temporary statewide ban on elective procedures has had a significant impact on Centra’s finances, but the health system is well-positioned to recover. Centra will resume performing elective procedures Friday.