State grants 19 NYC hospitals waivers to resume nonurgent surgeries
Crain’s New York Business reports New York state has approved 19 city hospitals to start performing nonurgent surgeries, including HSS. This restriction been lifted in all other regions of the state but not in New York City. The 19 hospitals had submitted waiver requests to the state Department of Health with plans for how they would operate safely.
HSS president and CEO, Louis A. Shapiro, explained before the prohibition was lifted, the capacity at HSS was being underutilized. HSS started to perform some priority surgeries for patients who had procedures postponed and had seen their condition deteriorate since March. "It's even more problematic because Connecticut, New Jersey, Nassau and Suffolk counties no longer have the ban," said Mr. Shapiro. "Patients in those counties are either waiting for us or other New York City institutions or getting care elsewhere."
Read the full article at Crainsnewyork.com. This article was also featured in Health Pulse on June 8, 2020.