Sleepy Eye Medical Center will resume elective procedures and services the week of May 18, 2020. This decision comes in response to the issuance of Executive Order 20-51 made by Governor Walz on May 5, 2020.
“We are excited to get back to seeing our patients, but we must do so responsibly, with safety as our first concern,” said Kevin Sellheim, SEMC Administrator.
Elective surgical procedures along with ancillary department services are scheduled to resume, including rehabilitation, pain management, imaging services, sleep studies, and other medical procedures. Patients who have been waiting to be rescheduled for such services will be contacted. In addition, well-child visits, physical exams and other clinic appointments will resume.
“We’ve developed a strategic plan which prioritizes the health and safety of facility staff, patients and visitors while ensuring and safeguarding adequate resources and supplies for a possible surge of patients,” said Sellheim.
According to Sellheim, social distancing will continue to be enforced in waiting areas. During busy times, patients may be asked to wait in their vehicles following registration. In addition, patients are encouraged to call in advance before visiting SEMC.
“We also want to let our patients know that it may take some time to be scheduled as many are behind on routine visits and in need of care. We ask that you be patient with us as we navigate this new territory,” said Sellheim.