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Responding To COVID-19 | A Message From President Barry Davis

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent restrictions placed upon Arkansas hospitals, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center (AMMC) has been unable to perform elective surgical procedures and certain testing.  This restriction has forced many patients to delay their procedures and care. As part of his plan to reopen the economy, Governor Hutchison recently announced that effective May 11th, Arkansas hospitals could resume elective procedures under specified conditions. The restrictions require that patients have a negative COVID-19 test, be asymptomatic, and require a stay of less than 48 hours following the procedure. This has allowed AMMC to restart its outpatient surgical programs, which include Orthopaedics, Urology, ENT, General and Vascular, Plastics and OB/GYN. Our Cath Lab procedures, sleep studies and outpatient diagnostic testing have also resumed. All patients will continue to be screened and masked upon entering the medical center.

I want to applaud our community and the AMMC staff for working together during this healthcare crisis. Although the virus is still a threat, AMMC has been a leader in implementing the necessary precautions to ensure your safety and continued well-being. Our medical center’s COVID-19 task force meets on a daily basis and continues to review and implement those precautions and restrictions that protect you, as well as our staff, during this ever-changing pandemic. Your hospital and clinics provide a safe environment and are ready to meet your healthcare needs. Please do not delay your care.    

For our local businesses, we have trained experts that are available to conduct onsite presentations on the most current COVID-19 information and can provide assistance on how to keep your employees safe in the workplace and at home. Please call 870-239-7101 for more information. 

Thank you for your support. Our goal is to continue to provide you with quality healthcare in a safe environment. Together we can make that happen.     

Barry Davis

President and CEO

Arkansas Methodist Medical Center