Even though we’ve made some changes, our commitment is the same.
At Artesia General Hospital, we have always been committed to providing effective, compassionate and safe patient care. We want to be your destination for health and your partner for life—and in these extraordinary times, we especially want you to know you will be safe.
To get ready to resume elective surgeries, Artesia General Hospital has developed and put into place a plan that meets or exceeds the guidelines put forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses and the American Hospital Association. We are following best practices for patient safety as we move forward.
Some of these extra measures will be easily seen, while others will be more subtle; some will even be invisible to you. All of them have been taken to ensure your safety, and the safety of others in our community.
We’re keeping you safe throughout your elective procedure.
If you are scheduled to have elective surgery, you will be tested for COVID-19 several days before your procedure. After your test, but before your surgery, you will need to self-isolate. This means no travel, no visitors from outside the household and no outside errands. While this may seem strict, it is to prevent you from acquiring COVID-19 after your test. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness during this period, contact your surgical care team immediately. This helps protect you, our other patients and our staff.
On the day of surgery, you will be asked to wait in your vehicle before coming into the hospital. As the time for your surgery nears, a care team member will do a brief COVID-19 screening with you, you will be given a mask to wear, and you will be escorted into the building. You’ll go in through a special entry near the northwest corner of the hospital, designated for outpatient surgeries only; directions are available later in this guide. Anyone accompanying you will need to wait outside in order to limit potential contamination; they will periodically receive updates from a member of our surgical care team as your care progresses. After your surgery is complete and you have recovered sufficiently, a member of the care team will use a wheelchair to transport you to your vehicle for your ride home.
Your doctor will give you instructions for things you must do to be ready for your scheduled surgery. Pay attention to any time-sensitive pre-operative testing, such as your COVID-19 test, and follow all instructions very carefully. If there is anything you don’t understand or find confusing, please ask a member of your care team for help. It is important that you understand your instructions so you can fully participate in your own care.
Getting to Your Appointment
View detailed instructions for how to access the Northeast Parking Lot on Artesia General Hospital’s main campus.
Our Commitment to You
The team at Artesia General Hospital wants to re-emphasize our commitment, now and always, to care for you with the utmost compassion and safety. If you have any questions, please contact your care team or call 575.736.8342.