COVID-19 (coronavirus): Information and resources for SIH patients and the community

Elective surgery has been postponed at the following locations:

  • SIH Memorial Hospital
  • SIH Herrin Hospital 
  • SIH St. Joseph Memorial Hospital
  • SIH Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Physicians' Surgery Center located at SIH Center for Medical Arts

Due to the national emergency involving COVID-19, the American College of Surgeons and the Surgeon General have recommended the following:

Each hospital, health system and surgeon should thoughtfully review all scheduled elective procedures with a plan to minimize, postpone or cancel electively scheduled operations, endoscopies or other invasive procedures until we have passed the predicted inflection point in the exposure graph and can be confident that our health care infrastructure can support a potentially rapid and overwhelming uptick in critical patient care needs.

In response to this recommendation, SIH will cancel or postpone all elective surgeries and procedures for the next 30 days or until the crisis is under control. Urgent and emergent procedures will continue to be performed as normal.

SIH will continue with the following procedures that cannot be postponed:

  • Cardiovascular, oncology, acute pain cases, labor and delivery, trauma
  • Diagnostic procedures related to cancer or other imminent health risks
  • Outpatient endoscopies and other related procedures that meet the criteria

Other procedures may arise that do not fit into the above categories. We will evaluate those on a case-by-case basis. SIH will always put safety first for our patients, staff, physicians and our community. If you are impacted by a cancelation or postponement, you will be notified.