Southwestern Vermont Health Care's outpatient surgeries and diagnostic services, like those for imaging and laboratory work, have resumed in full with enhanced safety protocols after Gov. Phil Scott announced May 4 that hospitals could resume these services.

One important protocol that has been implemented is that all patients should arrive to the hospital or clinic with their own cloth face covering and it must be worn for the entire duration of their visit.

Even with suspending elective surgical procedures in early March and focusing on the COVID-19 crisis, SVHC continued to provide safe, high-quality care for patients requiring urgent and emergent surgical interventions.Many practices continued to see patients through enhanced telemedicine appointments. And, the hospital's Women's and Children's Department welcomed 40 babies during the month of April.

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