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Froedtert Health delays non-urgent surgical procedures amid COVID-19 spike

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Posted at 9:20 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 22:20:29-05

MILWAUKEE — Froedtert Health is delaying and reducing some non-urgent surgical procedures amid a surge in coronavirus cases, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.

The TMJ4 news partner reports that the policy, announced Wednesday, goes into effect immediately. The procedures impacted require inpatient admissions.

Surgeries and procedures will only be delayed if they do not put a patient at risk, a spokesperson tells the news outlet.

The decision comes on the heels of a similar one announced by Advocate Aurora Health on Monday. That health network decided to cut hospital admissions for elective procedures by 50 percent at all of its facilities in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Froedtert Health tells the BizJournal that it is delaying non-urgent surgeries at three hospitals, Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital and Froedtert West Bend Hospital.

Froedtert South in Kenosha County is not suspending elective procedures, president and CEO Ric Schmidt tells the BizJournal.

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