CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System Responds to Gov. Abbott’s Latest Executive Orders
December 22, 2020
Like the entire region and health care facilities across the country, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System is seeing an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 and a rise in COVID patients in our hospitals. It is important that the public knows that our medical experts anticipated and planned for these surges, and we are ready to care for patients.
This preparation includes closely monitoring vital medical supplies and equipment, as well as evaluating possible expansion of space and beds to care for COVID patients, should the need arise. Most importantly, the LOCAL community should know that CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health Systems remains a safe, healing environment as we continue to meet the needs of our community.
As it is written, the governor’s executive order does not mandate that all elective surgeries must stop. It provides exemptions for those that meet specific criteria, including procedures that do not deplete our capacity to care for COVID patients or that are deemed medically necessary by the patient’s physician. Because of these exemptions, we expect to be able to provide a full range of services – not just COVID care – and continue to provide outpatient elective procedures, including surgery, and other procedures that do not deplete our capacity.
We will continue to keep you updated in regards to any changes to our operations.