NHRMC Poised to Move into Phase III of Reopening Plan

May 15, 2020
Myrtle Grove NHRMC team

As of Friday, May 15, NHRMC was prepared to move into Phase III of the reopening process on Monday, May 18. Dr. West Paul, Chief Clinical Officer, reminds staff that the phased reopening plan includes 12 triggers. Those triggers, Dr. Paul said, would cause leaders to pause to assess the situation, including capacity, resources etc, The team would then determine whether NHRMC can continue with the phased re-opening plan or if certain services/departments would need to revert to Phase II or Phase I protocols.

See the Reopening Pause Triggers here

Progress toward reopening has been made possible by of the preparation of our teams, combined with the community's adherence to safety guidelines established to contain the spread of coronavirus. NHRMC will maintain its current visitor restrictions at this time.

Some notes as NHRMC moves into Phase III:

  • NHRMC Physician Group practices are getting closer to regular volumes, although foot traffic is lower as about a third of visits are now video visits.
  • Cardiology saw an above-average week for inpatient visits and is ramping up outpatient visits. If triggers remain green, cardiology will return to full manpower at NHRMC, plus diagnostic testing.
  • Orthopedics operated at about 70 percent of normal volume in Phase II and will continue to progress toward full capacity.
  • Radiology is increasing to 75 percent of screening capacity and full diagnostic capacity on Monday.
  • Dr. Robert Shakar said Surgical Services is ready to move forward, with eye procedures at Pender Memorial, ENT procedures at Atlantic SurgiCenter, and more non-essential surgeries at the main campus. The team recommends a 14-day self-quarantine prior to procedures and will continue testing high-risk patients for COVID-19.

NHRMC will continue to study local and regional data to ensure that we have the staff and the space to deliver care during a surge. If we need to modify plans for an imminent surge of COVID patients, this system will give us early warning to pause or reverse our plans.

The reopening of services are following a phased, calculated approach that will ensure the safety of our patients and staff.