Important Information


Lake City Medical Center is taking proactive action in order to position our hospital to better serve the immediate health care needs of our community. Beginning Thursday, July 16, Lake City Medical Center will temporarily defer the scheduling of elective surgeries. Emergent surgeries or surgeries that a physician has deemed necessary are stillable to take place. Our staff is strictly adhering to CDC guidelines and practicing enhanced safety precautions throughout the facility. If you have questions about your surgery being postponed, please contact your physician's office.

Frequently asked questions on scheduled surgeries

How will the hospital decide whether or not to proceed with scheduling surgeries?

Our decision to proceed with scheduling surgeries and procedures will be determined by a number of factors, including monitoring the trajectory of the pandemic and guidance from both state health officials and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Visit our Resource Hub for the latest updates on the status of scheduled surgeries and procedures.

It is important to remember that elective, or scheduled, procedures are not the equivalent of “optional” procedures that can be delayed indefinitely – a better word for elective procedures is scheduled procedures. Sometimes, deferring important medical procedures can result in patients unnecessarily suffering at home, and later seeking care only when their conditions have become more serious.

How will my experience be different now compared to before COVID-19?

When surgeries and procedures resume, you will notice several important precautionary measures that have been implemented across our facilities, including:

  • COVID-19 pre-op testing is required 72 hours prior to elective surgery.
  • Temperature checks are performed on our caregivers prior to entering the hospital.
  • Screening processes are in place for all patients, visitors, and caregivers before entering facilities.
  • Social (physical distancing) is required at all times by patients, visitors, and caregivers.
  • All our caregivers wear masks throughout out facility.
  • Patients admitted after surgery or a procedure will be placed in an area where no one has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Heightened infection prevention policies are instituted, including the removal of high-touch items like magazines and toys.
  • We are prohibiting food and drinks in clinical units to prevent the spread of illness.
  • We have updated our visitor policies, which will remain in place for the duration of the pandemic.
  • We continue to follow current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on hand hygiene and social distancing.

Is it safe to return to your facility? How can I be sure the room, the X-ray machine, the operating room, and the recovery room are safe?

Because we deal with infectious diseases on a daily basis, we are uniquely equipped to safely manage COVID-19. Enhanced cleaning measures, constant housekeeping, access to alcohol-based hand gel and regular sanitation are all part of our daily routines. We have also added universal protections, including universal masking, comprehensive screening, and the treatment of all inpatient COVID-19 patients in an isolated area of our hospital.

How can I be confident my doctors and nurses don’t have coronavirus?

Staff and physicians are screened for COVID-19 symptoms and our clinical care team colleagues are not permitted to work if experiencing any respiratory symptoms. Universal masking is in place, and we are stocked with personal protective equipment (PPE) for all of our clinical teams.

Am I more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 at a healthcare facility than other locations?

Staff and physicians are screened for COVID-19 symptoms and our clinical care team colleagues are not permitted to work if experiencing any respiratory symptoms. Universal masking is in place, and we are stocked with personal protective equipment (PPE) for all of our clinical teams.

Will I be tested for COVID-19 before my procedure?

Will I be tested for COVID-19 before my procedure?

Yes, you will be tested prior to your surgery or procedure. Patients must be tested 72 hours prior to their surgery or procedure. It can be performed at the hospital, or through our hospital’s drive-up testing if a patient qualifies.

Will my family be able to be with me? If so, will they be safe?

We continue to maintain every precaution when keeping our patients, visitors, caregivers, and communities safe. Please review our current visitation policy.

Will my recovery be different? Will I be more likely to catch COVID-19 after a medical procedure?

Your surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits of surgery, including if there is increased risk of contracting COVID-19. It is important that you maintain all precautions the general public are asked to follow. As always, we are here to support you in your recovery, whatever the circumstances.

What if I’m experiencing symptoms similar to COVID-19?

If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, please let your physician know immediately.

If your hospital continues to see an increase in COVID-19 patients, will you change your policies?

We are constantly evaluating our hospital resources, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and intensive care unit bed availability, and making adjustments to our approach if and when protocols need to evolve. We also are in continuous communication with local healthcare delivery systems, including state and local health officials, and those surgeons who have direct responsibility for their patients. We continue to follow Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommendations as they evolve. Our hospital will accommodate procedures that physicians determine to be appropriate within those recommendations.

Where can I find more information about COVID-19?

Visit our Resource Hub for the latest updates on COVID-19. You can also find more information on the CDC’s website. We make every effort to ensure our own website is current, but given the nature of policy updates, it’s always best to call your facility to verify the most up to date information.


*We make every effort to ensure our website information remains up to date. As specific guidelines and policies continue to evolve, please call our facility at (386) 719-9000 for updated information or questions regarding scheduled surgeries.