Memorial Hospital to resume elective surgeries

CARTHAGE, Ill. (NEWS3) –  A local hospital will provide elective surgeries again following a lift of restrictions by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial Hospital postponed all elective surgical procedures in order to save the use of personal protective equipment and bed availability since April 3.

Starting May 11, Memorial Hospital is slated to start back up elective surgeries as long as specific criteria are met.

Memorial Hospital Surgery Director Dina Schaller said anyone who had to defer their elective surgery due to the pandemic should contact their care provider to schedule an appointment.

“There really are not many specialties we don’t do, we do a lot of general surgery in terms of gall bladders, endoscopy, colonoscopy, EGD’s, hysterectomies, all those types of procedures,” Schaller said. “We look forward to reopening our full scope of services to serve our community.”

Hancock County currently has 8 positive, 111 negative and 8 pending coronavirus tests.