Sawgrass Surgical Center Temporary Closure
Update January 4, 2021
Throughout this second surge of the pandemic, we have worked hard so that we could provide care for the increasing numbers of COVID patients, along with non-COVID patients who need treatment, including surgeries and procedures.
Unfortunately, we are now at the point where these increased hospitalizations are becoming difficult to manage with our current number of staff. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily halt outpatient elective cases at our Sawgrass Surgical Center from January 7-18. This move will free up Sawgrass staff members to care for patients in our hospitals’ ICUs and other areas during the anticipated “surge upon a surge” in the next few weeks.
We are using all available UR Medicine operating and procedure facilities to treat those who need vital care such as cancer, brain and cardiac surgeries. It’s our belief that this is a temporary measure only, and we are meeting daily to monitor the surge. As soon as hospital cases plateau, we will ramp our operations back up.
We recognize that this is difficult news for our patients, and be assured that our team is doing everything we can to return to normal operations as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and support.
- Patients who have an elective surgery/procedure scheduled between Jan. 7-19 at Sawgrass: You should receive a phone call from your provider’s office to either confirm your case is delayed or alert you to a new location for your surgery. We hope to provide you with a new date for your surgery/procedure by the end of January.
- Patients who have an elective surgery/procedure scheduled between Jan. 19 – 22 at Sawgrass: We are monitoring the situation, and will alert patients of any changes by January 15.