NYSDOH Orders 40 Hospitals To Stop ‘Non-Essential’ Services

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – The New York State Department of Health has identified 40 hospitals that have met the state’s threshold for “high risk regions” or low capacity facilities, according to new figures released over the weekend.

That is an increase in 19 hospitals since last check on Jan. 4. These hospitals now mush stop non-essential and non-urgent elective procedures for a minimum of two weeks.

Locally, Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. and Olean General Hospital are among hospitals in our region stopping ‘non-essential’ services.

“We will use every available tool to help ensure that hospitals can manage the COVID-19 winter surge,” said Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “We cannot return to the early months of the pandemic when hospitals were overwhelmed.”

Department of Health officials have assessed hospital capacity across the state weekly since Dec. 13, after New York Governor Hochul signed an executive order in November, allowing the Department of Health to order hospitals to stop performing in-hospital elective surgery? if the state identifies the facilities to be in high risk areas, or have a strained and limited bed capacity.

According to the release by the DoH, criteria that the organization uses to identify high-risk regions includes, “low current regional bed capacity with 90 percent or more beds occupied based on the previous 7-day average; or 85-90% occupancy rate based on the previous 7-day average and a new COVID-19 hospital admission rate for the region (previous 7-day average per 100,000 population) greater than 4 percent.”

Continue reading below for a full list of hospitals identified in the report.


Mohawk Valley Region:

Faxton-St Luke’s Healthcare St Luke’s Division

Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital

St. Mary’s Healthcare

A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital

Cobleskill Regional Hospital

Little Falls Hospital

Nathan Littauer Hospital

Rome Memorial Hospital, Inc

St Elizabeth Medical Center

St. Mary’s Healthcare – Amsterdam Memorial Campus

Finger Lakes Region:

F.F. Thompson Hospital

Geneva General Hospital

Newark-Wayne Community Hospital

Rochester General Hospital

The Unity Hospital of Rochester

United Memorial Medical Center North Street Campus

Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic

Highland Hospital

Medina Memorial Hospital

Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital of Yates County Inc

Strong Memorial Hospital

Wyoming County Community Hospital


Central New York Region:  

Crouse Hospital

Oneida Health Hospital

Oswego Hospital

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

University Hospital SUNY Health Science Center

UPSTATE University Hospital at Community General

Auburn Community Hospital

Community Memorial Hospital Inc

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center


Impacted Hospitals in Other Regions:

Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc.

Mount St Mary’s Hospital and Health Center

Erie County Medical Center

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

Sisters of Charity Hospital

The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital

Olean General Hospital


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