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FINGER LAKES HEALTH CANCELS ELECTIVE SURGERIES AND NON-EMERGENT APPOINTMENTS IN ANTICIPATION OF WEATHER IMPACTS OF HURRICANE SANDY

In anticipation of the weather impacts of Hurricane Sandy and as recommended by the New York State Department of Health, Finger Lakes Health will be canceling all elective surgeries and non-emergent appointments scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Affected patients are being contacted. Patients’ procedures will be postponed and their appointments will be rescheduled to occur after the severe weather conditions have passed.

“This is the prudent course of action to keep our patients safe and to minimize risk during this severe weather emergency,” explained Jim Hiserodt, Sr. Vice President of Operations. “Patients will be safest at home and we can reschedule them to have needed procedures and treatments following the passing of the storm. We will focus our staff’s efforts on emergency cases and the preparations required to support the impacts of this severe weather system, including being ready to accept additional emergency cases from outside our region.”

These cancellations and postponements include elective surgeries, outpatient surgeries, screening endoscopy procedures, physician office visits, sleep studies, cardiac rehab, outpatient therapies (PT, OT Speech), Adult Day Health programming, outpatient diagnostics and testing, and any other non-emergent services. It also includes physician office visits at all FLH Medical P.C. providers.

This decision impacts Geneva General Hospital, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Living Centers-Geneva North and South, Huntington Living Center in Waterloo and the Homestead at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, the Finger Lakes Surgery Center, Seneca Family Health Center, Dundee Family Health Center, Clyde Family Health Center, John D. Kelly Behavioral Health Center, Geneva General Surgical Associates, Geneva General Cardiology Associates, Geneva General Dermatology, Cardiac Rehab programs at GGH and SSMH, Adult Day Health programs in Penn Yan, Waterloo and Geneva, off-site laboratory patient service centers (hospital laboratory services will remain open), elective outpatient tests, diagnostics, and services in our hospital departments, and all the physician practices associated with FLH Medical, P.C.

If you have any questions about whether your appointment is impacted by these changes, please call in advance of traveling to your appointment.

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