Postponement of nonessential surgeries requiring a hospital bed at Ohio hospitals

Postponement of nonessential surgeries requiring a hospital bed at Ohio hospitals

Update as of Dec. 13: Lutheran Hospital will be postponing nonessential surgeries requiring a hospital bed, starting Monday, Dec. 13, through and including Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. Lutheran Hospital will also hold scheduling of additional nonessential cases through Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.


We continue to see increasing inpatient volumes and patients hospitalized with COVID-19 across Ohio hospitals. We are continuing the temporary adjustments to unfilled OR time at Ohio hospitals by holding scheduling of additional nonessential cases through Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. Thank you for your expedience in making these changes.

To make additional beds available, we are making further adjustments to nonessential surgical scheduling. We will be postponing nonessential surgeries requiring a hospital bed at Ohio hospitals, starting Wednesday, Dec. 8, through and including Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.

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, non-essential (tier 3) cases requiring an admission or overnight stay. Emergency, urgent and essential cases will still be added to the schedule.
  • Outpatient surgeries which do not require a bed will continue to be scheduled at our Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) and Ambulatory Endoscopy Centers (AECs).
  • These changes do not apply to our Florida regional hospitals.

We understand this news will be challenging for our patients and communities. In making these decisions, patient and caregiver safety is our highest priority. We will reschedule patients as soon as possible in Q1 2022.

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 flexibility. We will continue to keep you updated.

Main campus vaccine option now indoors at NA building

Main campus vaccine option now indoors at NA building

Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 7 caregivers can receive their first, second or booster COVID-19 vaccine on main campus at our new indoor location inside the Lerner College of Medicine (NA building) at 9620 Carnegie Ave. on the first floor commons, garden side.

Vaccines are available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. No appointment necessary, walk-ins are welcome and both Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine products are available. Please note: Moderna is available for boosters only.

Speak up if you are immunocompromised

Occupational Health will not ask a caregiver if they are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised. If you have a compromised immune system and wish to receive a third dose of Moderna to complete their initial series, please alert the individual administering your vaccine as the dose is different. Moderna immunocompromised third dose is 100 mcg whereas Moderna booster dose is 50 mcg.

Pfizer is the same amount for all doses in the primary series as well as boosters.

Complete before you go

Prior to visiting the tent, caregivers should complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Survey in ReadySet. If your information is not accurate in ReadySet, you can email a photo of your Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination card to COVID19@ccf.org.

Bring documentation

  • Caregivers who wish to receive the Pfizer or Moderna booster must show proof of their previous two-dose COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure that six months have lapsed between their second dose and booster.
  • Appropriate COVID-19 vaccination documentation includes the CDC-issued vaccination card with date and product of first and second dose or MyChart documentation printed or displayed through the mobile app.
  • Please note: if appropriate documentation of previous COVID-19 vaccination is not provided, the booster dose cannot be administered.

Get your vaccine dose where and when you can

If main campus is not convenient, caregivers and patients are able to schedule their Moderna or Pfizer booster through MyChart or by calling 216.448.4117 to set up time at any of our vaccination locations. Our schedulers are available Tuesday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Caregivers may receive COVID-19 vaccines and a booster dose at any available location, including local retail pharmacies.

Parking information

Caregivers without assigned parking at main campus will receive a voucher to park in any of the garages while they receive their COVID-19 vaccine. (Note: the voucher will not apply to the Walker parking garage.)

Johnson & Johnson

Caregivers who wish to receive the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine can visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to find a location that offers the product near them.

Patients 18 and older can schedule their booster

The CDC and FDA amended the emergency use authorizations (EUA) for both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines authorizing use of a single booster dose for all individuals 18 years of age and older at least six months after completion of primary vaccination with any FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. Patients can schedule their booster dose through MyChart or by calling 216.448.4117.

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