March 17, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In line with recommendations from the U.S. Surgeon General and American College of Surgeons and consistent with other hospitals in Ohio, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is postponing elective surgeries and procedures at all of its hospitals and outpatient procedure facilities beginning Thursday, March 19.  We anticipate at least a two-week suspension of elective surgery, but we will continue to reassess the situation as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the state evolves.
Patients affected by this change will be contacted directly. 
Elective status of surgical cases will be determined by the clinical judgement of our physicians using criteria to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients. Surgical procedures deemed necessary to avoid risk to life, permanent dysfunction, progression of disease, or risk of rapidly worsening symptoms will still be performed.  Elective cases that do not meet these general criteria will be subject to postponement. This is in line with the recommendations provided by the Ohio Hospital Association.
This measure is being taken to conserve critical personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies that are necessary to care for patients with COVID-19 and to preserve bed capacity in our facilities for these patients.  
This change will also minimize the number of people entering medical facilities who don’t need urgent medical care, which will reduce unnecessary exposure risks to patients, their family members and our staff during this time of public health concern.
We appreciate our patients’ understanding as we work to address this public health concern.
Media Contact: Marti Leitch, Wexner Medical Center Media Relations, 614-293-3737,

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