Local hospitals nearing capacity

All to continue with elective surgeries – for now

GENESEE COUNTY — The three local hospitals – Ascension Genesys, McLaren Flint and Hurley Medical Center – are all operating at near capacity with the recent surge in coronavirus patients.

Still, each hospital is still providing services, including elective surgeries, and will for as long as they are able, according to spokespersons for each facility.

Christine Bergman, marketing communications manager for Ascension Genesys, said the hospital is not cancelling or postponing any currently scheduled elective procedures.

“Any future requests for non-emergent elective surgical cases requiring an inpatient stay will be evaluated on a case by case basis for possible deferral for the next two weeks,” she said. “All elective ambulatory/ outpatient cases not requiring an inpatient stay will continue to be boarded without restrictions. All cases deemed emergent or urgent will also continue to be boarded without restrictions.”

Ascension Genesys currently has 83 COVID patients, with 26 of those in COVID ICU. The hospital is operating at 90 percent capacity.

A statement from McLaren Flint says McLaren hospitals will continue to perform essential and elective surgeries, diagnostic tests, and maintain outpatient services “as long as we can safely deliver care from a staffing, PPE and capacity standpoint.”

McLaren said each hospital in its network is monitoring staffing and capacity daily and will modify plans as needed.

McLaren Flint currently has 73 COVID patients, 13 of those in COVID ICU and is operating at 97 percent occupancy.

Peggy Agar, marketing/social media specialist for Hurley Medical Center said the hospital is still doing elective surgeries.

“According to the state dashboard we are 97 percent occupied today,” she said. “Keep in mind though, we are a 455-bed facility and have 32 COVID patients (four in COVID ICU). Because we are a Level 1 Trauma Center and have the highest level NICU in the region, patients come to Hurley for our expertise. It’s not unusual that we run near capacity.”

She said if other hospitals temporarily suspend elective surgeries, Hurley may pick up some of those patients.

“So far, COVID is not a major factor in our capacity numbers,” said Agar.

Lania Rocha, Ben Gagnon and Gary Gould contributed to this report.