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BJC Healthcare hospitals begin postponing elective procedures

BJC Healthcare, which operates hospitals in St. Louis and Metro East, on Thursday began postponing elective procedures in the wake of stress brought on by the pandemic.

Patients hospitalized for COVID-19 exceeded 500 across BJC HealthCare on Tuesday, the network said.

“This is beyond anything we’ve seen thus far in the pandemic. Because our nurses, staff and facilities are stretched to their limits, we have made the difficult decision to postpone all elective procedures starting Thursday, January 6, until further notice,” BJC said in a statement.

The move will allow hospitals to reassign staff to other areas with more urgent need.

Patients who currently have procedures scheduled, and whose procedures are not considered urgent, will be contacted by BJC about postponing.

“This decision was not made lightly and reflects our current challenge as cases continue to rise and resources continue to be strained,” BJC said in a statement.

Its many affiliated hospitals include Memorial in Shiloh and Belleville and Alton Memorial in Alton.

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