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Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center resumes elective surgeries

Posted at 11:51 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 02:51:47-04

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center has started to performing elective surgeries again.

Workers at Sierra Vista say that the hospital has essentially been separated into two different facilities: one area for treating COVID-19 patients and another for treating others.

"Sierra Vista has gone through extensive preparations to make sure the facility is safe for patients," says Dr. Phillip Kissel, Chief of Surgery of Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. And patients seem to appreciate the effort.

"I felt like they went over and beyond in their care for me," said Debi Briesacher, a surgery patient. "I mean it was amazing. I felt like I was in a nice hotel."

And though staff at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center have gone to lengths to separate patients, the hospital says it has had "minimal" COVID-19 patients.