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Bozeman Health resumes elective procedures

Posted at 7:02 AM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 09:02:25-04

Montana businesses are beginning to rebound, slowly and cautiously. That rebound includes resuming medical procedures that had to be put on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak.

As small businesses begin to reopen, Bozeman Health is doing the same thing — taking baby steps back toward being fully operational.

For nearly a month, Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital was only accepting emergency trauma cases and Covid-19 related cases.

Now, as part of the first phase of the re-opening plan for Montana the hospital is returning to performing elective procedures, which is welcome news for the staff.

"Am I afraid to go back to the office? Not at all. Will I be cautious going back to the office? You better believe it," said Bozeman Health Cardiologist Dr. Blair Erb.

"I'm very glad to get back to doing what we do, but we're going to have to do it in a way that's different from the way it was before," he added.

So, what kind of procedures are they talking about?

"Those cases in our oncology or cancer ward that are very important for early diagnosis or treatment, we will begin to look at those cases in which the patients have had functional limitations or pain," said Dr. Mark Williams, Bozeman Health chief physician officer.

If you had an appointment that was canceled because of the Covid-19 restrictions, Bozeman Health will be in touch to reschedule.

And if you go to the hospital, just remember entry points are limited. Expect to be screened and have your temperature taken as well, and masks are required.