A message of Support for our Communities
Tenet has multiple sites of care in our health system, and we work in partnership with over 50 other health systems in the US through USPI, our ambulatory care division. We are working around the clock to prepare to play an important role in assisting in COVID-19 management but also, through our ambulatory surgery and imaging portfolio, to help ensure that the country has capacity for necessary care for all those Americans with health conditions that need ongoing diagnostics, procedures, pain management and surgeries in safe, clean environments which do not have associated emergency departments.
In our hospitals, we have made preparations to handle the expected surge in patients presenting for emergency evaluation of COVID-19, and we have the proper care protocols to care for the subset of patients needing hospitalization while minimizing exposure to our staff. We have also employed special protocols to keep our acute care hospitals open and functioning for patients who need our care.
What that means in practice is that health systems nationwide must use ambulatory surgery centers to provide care for chronically ill patients that cannot be deferred without creating a new public health emergency. Patients who need care for heart and vascular disease, bone and joint disabilities, cancer treatment and prevention, gastrointestinal issues and women’s health must have access to clean and controlled facilities. At Tenet, we will work as hard as possible to continue to meet our community care needs in the hospitals to safely and securely take care of COVID-19 patients, and to provide continuity of care across our system.
We will continue to work with doctors and clinicians in the Tenet system to do what’s best for patient care and to coordinate with and support health systems throughout the country. The safety of our caregivers is paramount in all settings and we have built all of our protocols around that principle.
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