Tower Health Looks To Phase Return of Services

WEST READING PA – Pottstown and Phoenixville hospitals, both owned by Tower Health, will be part of what it called a “phased roll-out” of plans to more fully re-open its facilities during the next several weeks, as coronavirus infection numbers are trending downward in portions of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Tower is looking to resume “the provision of medically necessary and time sensitive procedures, tests, and office visits,” it said Friday (May 15, 2020), under a program “developed with guidance from medical, nursing, and administrative staff.” It was “carefully designed to keep Tower Health employees, patients, and communities safe,” the non-profit healthcare provider added.

In its re-opening, Tower indicated, services will be “will be implemented in the following order:”

  • Scheduled in-person care appointments that are medically necessary and time-sensitive;
  • Surgeries that are medically necessary and time-sensitive; and
  • Medically necessary and time-sensitive procedures for patients with the most pressing clinical needs.

The company also said it expects to rely on telemedicine capabilities, where appropriate, “to care for patients in the safest way possible.” Because it will follow roll-out guidance from state and county health officials on a county-by-county basis, “specific actions may vary for each Tower Health hospital,” it noted.

Photo by T. Grace Emori from the Centers for Disease Control, used under a Creative Commons license