Patients who have delayed surgery or other non-emergency procedures can now work with their provider to secure care as Brownwood Regional Medical Center resumes some outpatient elective services beginning May 11, 2020.

The hospital is following Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order allowing some elective surgeries and procedures in hospitals with a low or no-COVID-19 census.

Safety remains Brownwood Regional Medical Center’s highest priority. Numerous precautions for infection prevention, access control, social distancing and patient flow are in place to maintain a safe environment of care. Everyone who enters the building, including staff, is screened, and all employees, physicians and patients are expected to wear masks. The daily number of procedures performed is being limited and furniture in waiting areas has been spaced to maintain appropriate social distancing.

Cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces and caregiving spaces has been intensified.

Visitor restrictions for inpatients remain in effect, with exceptions for laboring mothers, pediatric patients, and end-of-life situations.

“As we reopen elective procedures, our physicians and caregivers are working diligently to keep every patient safe,” said Dr. Narendra Nigalye, Chief of Staff. “It is important to reschedule healthcare procedures that have been delayed so health conditions do not deteriorate. We also want to remind everyone that it is safe – and necessary – to seek immediate help in an emergency department for serious health emergencies like chest pain, heart attacks, strokes and other life-threatening conditions.”

BRMC said the safety of its patients, employees and medical staff remains its first priority as the hospital has developed —

and now as it implements — its approach to resuming services.

BRMC is moving forward with elective cases that may include:

• Cardiac Procedures

• Stress testing

• Echocardiograms

• Catheterization lab services

• Peripheral procedures

• Surgical Procedures

• Imaging Services

• Mammography screenings (additional hours added for screenings)

• Interventional radiology procedures

• Infusion therapy services