WUSM and BJC postpone some elective procedures, surgeries

Starting Monday, Nov. 16, some elective surgeries and procedures are being postponed to free staffing and bed capacity in anticipation of a dramatic surge in COVID-19 patient volumes. This proactive step is necessary to enable staff to be redeployed to areas of greatest need, as patient volume is expected to exceed the current staffing model. The impending surge demands an all-hands-on deck strategy, where team members from all disciplines could be asked to fill gaps in both clinical and non-clinical areas. For the foreseeable future, a low-census scenario is highly unlikely.