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BayCare to resume elective surgeries in Hillsborough

The health system cites a decline in COVID-19 patients. The decision follows an earlier move at BayCare hospitals in Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties.
St. Joseph's Hospital on Van Dyke Road in Lutz is one of the BayCare hospitals that will resume elective procedures.
St. Joseph's Hospital on Van Dyke Road in Lutz is one of the BayCare hospitals that will resume elective procedures. [ Times (2012) ]
Published Aug. 4, 2020

Due to increased staffing and a decline in the number of coronavirus patients, BayCare Health System hospitals in Hillsborough County will resume all elective surgeries on Aug. 10.

The news comes five weeks after BayCare limited non-urgent procedures to make space for an increase in patients with COVID-19, and a day after those procedures resumed at BayCare hospitals in Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties.

The six Hillsborough facilities affected include: St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa; St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz; St. Joseph’s Hospital-South in Riverview; and South Florida Baptist in Plant City.

“We are glad to be able to once again provide access to all medical surgeries and procedures for the people of Hillsborough County and beyond,” said Glenn Waters, chief operating officer for BayCare. “We’ve worked hard the last several weeks to expand our capacity by increasing our hiring and other staffing resources. Now, with COVID-19 hospitalizations also decreasing, we welcome all patients.”

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