Update- Ohio hospitals postpone both nonessential outpatient and inpatient surgeries Jan 3-14

Update- Ohio hospitals postpone both nonessential outpatient and inpatient surgeries Jan 3-14

This article has been updated as of Dec. 28, 2021, and now includes all nonessential outpatient/ambulatory surgeries performed at our Ohio hospitals in addition to nonessential inpatient surgeries.

With the continued rise in COVID-19 cases and inpatient volumes and our critical staffing challenges, we have made the decision to extend the postponement of scheduled nonessential surgeries requiring a hospital bed at Ohio hospitals from Monday, Jan. 3, through Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. In addition, all nonessential outpatient/ambulatory surgeries at our Ohio hospitals will also be postponed from Jan. 3 – 14. At this time, this does not include our ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or our ambulatory endoscopy centers (AECs).

We will continue adjustments to unfilled OR time at Ohio hospitals by holding scheduling of additional nonessential cases until Monday, Jan. 31, 2022.

Please note:

  • This does not apply to essential, urgent or emergent surgeries, or those in need of surgery for cancer, transplant or pediatrics. Essential, urgent or emergent surgeries, or those in need of surgery for cancer, transplant or pediatrics requiring a hospital or ICU bed should not be deferred and will continue to be scheduled.
  • OR space created from cases postponed during this period of time will not be replaced with elective, nonessential (tier 3) cases requiring an admission or overnight stay. Emergency, urgent and essential cases will still be added to the schedule.
  • At this time, outpatient nonessential surgeries can continue to be scheduled at our ASCs and AECs. However, local leadership may determine that additional limitations are appropriate, and will communicate those decisions with the medical staff.
  • These changes do not apply to our Florida regional hospitals.

As always, patient and caregiver safety is our priority when making these difficult decisions. We will reschedule patients as soon as possible. If a patient cannot be rescheduled in Q1 2022, please place postponed patients on the surgical schedule on July 24, 2022. This is not a firm date, and will be used for tracking and reactivation purposes.

Thank you for your continued flexibility. We will update you as additional decisions are made.

New SelfCheck COVID-19 swabbing option for Ohio caregivers

New SelfCheck COVID-19 swabbing option for Ohio caregivers

Caregivers can now receive their Occupational Health assigned COVID-19 test using a self-swab option at select Northeast Ohio hospitals. Please note this option is not available for family members or dependents of caregivers at this time.

Caregivers who believe they have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed should call the Cleveland Clinic Caregiver COVID-19 Hotline at 216.445.8246. Caregivers will be notified of next steps and scheduled for testing at a Cleveland Clinic testing location with the option to select the self-swab option from Occupational Health.

Note: Please cancel your scheduled COVID-19 test appointment if you later opt to receive a self-swab test instead.

If the self-swab option is selected, an order is automatically placed. This order is not assigned to a specific location or time. The caregiver can pick up the SelfCheck swabbing kit at any participating regional hospital location that is listed at the bottom of this article. It does not have to be the caregiver’s assigned work location. If possible, caregivers should send an asymptomatic friend or family member to pick-up the kit, follow instructions within the kit and return the kit to a designated SelfCheck drop-box.

Steps for symptomatic caregivers who cannot send an asymptomatic friend or family member to pick-up the SelfCheck kit:

  1. Caregiver calls the pharmacy when they arrive at their chosen regional hospital
  2. A caregiver from pharmacy will print a label and bring the SelfCheck swabbing kit to the symptomatic caregiver in their car
  3. Caregiver follows detailed instructions inside the kit
  4. Caregiver self-swabs with provided materials, records date and time of collection, and hands sealed envelope containing swab in the saline tube back to pharmacy caregiver
  5. Pharmacy caregiver deposits kit envelope in drop box
  6. Symptomatic caregiver receives their results 24-48 hours from test drop off through MyChart or a phone call from an Occupational Health caregiver

Visit this page for information on how to use SelfCheck as well as an instructional video. Click here to view phone numbers and addresses for pharmacy locations.

Caregiver self-swabs are available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the following participating locations:

  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Outpatient Pharmacy
  • Avon Hospital, REJ Outpatient Pharmacy
  • Fairview Hospital, Fairview Outpatient Pharmacy
  • Hillcrest Hospital, Hillcrest Outpatient Pharmacy
  • Lutheran Hospital, Lutheran Outpatient Pharmacy
  • Main Campus, Euclid Avenue Pharmacy (JJ)
  • Marymount Hospital, Marymount Family Pharmacy
  • Medina Hospital, Medina Outpatient Pharmacy

SelfCheck swabbing kits are available at Euclid Hospital, Main Guest Service Desk, for caregivers Monday - Friday, 7-11 a.m. only.

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 4, SelfCheck swabbing kits will be available for caregivers at South Pointe Hospital, Employee South Entrance, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

All locations are closed on Friday, Dec. 31.

Update: Additional family health center pick-up locations starting Jan. 3

Caregiver self-swabs will also be available at some family health centers starting Monday, Jan. 3. These locations will offer the kits from Monday – Friday at the times listed below. Follow instructions on signage upon arrival.

  • Independence Family Health Center (FHC), 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Lorain FHC, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Strongsville FHC, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Twinsburg FHC, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Please note that Cleveland Clinic pharmacies provide curbside medication delivery for select patients. Learn more.