In regards to recent guidance from The New York State Department of Health, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home is one of 40 healthcare organizations in the central and western regions notified to cease non-essential and non-urgent elective surgeries, having met the State’s threshold for what is considered to be a “high-risk region.” The State’s order requires impacted hospitals like Nathan Littauer to postpone elective procedures for a minimum of two weeks. Nathan Littauer will continue its immediate or urgent surgeries, as determined by the New York State Department of Health.
At this time, Nathan Littauer has requested the NYSDoH review their decision. The healthcare organization’s exception is largely based on the organization aligning more closely to the Capital Region. For two years, Littauer has been collaborating weekly – sometimes daily – to load balance COVID hospitalizations and transfer demands with Capital Region hospitals. The hospital does not regularly communicate with hospitals to the West. Additionally, surgeries at Littauer are largely not impacted by fluctuating COVID surges. As a small, community, rural hospital, Nathan Littauer considers itself highly flexible with the ability to surge and flex hourly to accommodate patient acuity and census.