During COVID-19 surges last year, ASCs and hospitals worked together in new ways to care for patients across the U.S.
They shared resources and collaborated on protocols for performing safe surgical procedures to ensure the continuity of care for patients who didn’t have COVID-19. But will the harmony last?
Becker’s heard from seven ASC owners and operators about whether the pandemic changed their relationship with local hospitals and what they anticipate for the future.
“In my perspective, our relations with the hospital grew better during the pandemic,” said Trina Cole, administrator of Saint Luke’s Surgicenter Lee’s Summit (Mo.). “We needed to rely on each other during different times. They needed us for the possibility of treating non-COVID patients, and they have assisted us with COVID-19 testing.”