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HAP Forum Focuses on Safely Resuming Scheduled Surgeries; Toolkit Issued and Webinar Scheduled for Wednesday

Last week, HAP President and CEO Andy Carter recorded a conversation with two Pennsylvania hospital leaders about safely resuming scheduled surgeries. Carter was joined by Shelly Buck, DNP, RN, MBA, president of Main Line Health’s Riddle Hospital, and J. Edward Hartle, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer, Geisinger. The consumer-focused forum detailed the gradual process of resuming scheduled services, as well as the safety measures that hospitals are taking to protect patients from COVID-19 exposure.


This forum is part of HAP’s public information messaging to convey that Pennsylvania’s hospitals are safe places to get care, and that patients should not put off needed treatment because of fears of COVID-19. HAP also will provide members with communications resources about this important topic.

Also last week, HAP issued the HAP COVID-19 Bulletin: Resuming Scheduled Surgery and Procedures Toolkit. HAP’s clinical team issued this toolkit to provide members with resources and strategies for preparing for the safe return of scheduled surgeries, procedures, and other mitigation steps.

Additionally, HAP is hosting a member webinar on Wednesday, May 6 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. relating to the resumption of scheduled surgeries and procedures. Details and registration for this member webinar can be found at HAP’s website.

For more information, or to share examples of your hospital’s work in this space, contact Robert Shipp, HAP’s vice president, quality and population health, Rachel Moore, HAP’s director, media relations.

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