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Kaleida Health gets waiver to resume elective surgeries at two hospitals

Kaleida Health
Posted at 5:09 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 17:09:52-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The New York State Department of Health has given Kaleida Health permission to resume elective surgeries at Oishei Children's Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

The surgeries are expected to resume in the coming days. Waiver applications for Buffalo General and two other surgery centers operated by Kaleida are still under review.

Hospitals across the state suspended non-emergency procedures in March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold of New York. The move, made to protect the health of patients and staff, cut-off a much-needed source of revenue for hospitals.

Kaleida offered voluntary furloughs late last month. Catholic Health furloughed 1,350 employees since March, but is bringing back 250 to 300 people since getting approval earlier this week to resume elective surgeries at its hospitals.

ECMC has also applied for a waiver and is still awaiting approval from the state.