ANNISTON - Regional Medical Center is suspending all non-emergent medical procedures as of Wednesday, Dec. 30, in order to utilize clinical staff to open additional ICU beds and supplement capacity on existing medical/surgical nursing units.

Since Nov. 28, RMC has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases and projects the trend to continue as a direct result of holiday gatherings. With the increase in COVID-19 patients and the need for additional ICU beds, leadership at RMC made the tough decision in order to meet the current needs of the community.

The change will impact Surgical Services, the GI Lab and the Cardiac Cath Lab. Many of our staff members in those departments will be reassigned and use their expertise to assist in expanding the ICU, medical/surgical and emergent care capacity.

"As a community-based health system, our top priority is to meet the needs of our community," said Louis Bass, CEO of RMC. "We understand the hardship this will place on our physicians in the short term, but we also know this decision will allow us to best serve patients in their time of need."

Because this decision will impact many, RMC will continue to monitor the situation and adjust to meet the changes in the service areas.

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