KNOXVILLE, IA – Knoxville Hospital & Clinics (KHC) announced it has begun looking at the processes to resume non-essential surgeries and procedures across its campus in the upcoming weeks, in response to Gov. Reynolds’ proclamation.

Non-essential surgeries at KHC will begin May 4 for patients whose health may be negatively impacted by further delays and who meet the screening criteria.

According to CEO Kevin Kincaid, a governing task force of physicians, administration and anesthesia is reviewing all procedures each week. The task force is reviewing the hospital supply of available PPE, inpatient rooms, healthcare staff, and resources each day to verify that resuming additional procedures will not impact the ability for the organization to care for patients affected by COVID-19. In addition, hospital leaders are monitoring COVID-19 activity across the state and Marion County every day.

In addition to the task force, the medical director of each department is collaborating with the hospital to determine the process for reopening and additional precautions needed for infection prevention.

“Our top priority is the safety of our patients, staff and community,” said Kincaid. “We continue to review Governor Reynolds’ proclamation in detail, as well as the President’s Guidelines for Opening America Again and health care association recommendations to ensure we are providing the safest care environment to meet the health care needs of our communities.”

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Knoxville Hospital & Clinics is a non-profit community hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area. Named a “Top 100 Critical Access Hospital” and Voted as Best of Red Rock Area’s “Best Place to Work” and “Best Hospitality”, KHC’s highly skilled medical staff and specialists provide personal, compassionate and innovative quality health care to patients. For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call Public Relations at (641) 842-1485.