Stanford Medicine leaders are confident that their hospitals and clinics are safe for health care providers and patients, among whom there have been no recorded transmissions of the coronavirus.
“Stanford Medicine is probably one of the safest places you can be,” said Mary Hawn, MD, professor and chair of surgery. “We are taking every precaution.”
Moving to a new normal
Amy Semple, RN, administrative director of operations, said that Stanford Health Care is performing procedures at close to its pre-COVID levels. During the week of May 11, clinicians performed 94% of the volume of procedures conducted during the same period in 2019.
Semple said she expects the volume to completely return to pre-pandemic levels soon.
Hawn, who performed a procedure known as nissen fundoplication to repair Soliman’s hernia, said that Soliman was one of the first patients her office called to reschedule surgery.
“He was incredibly patient, working with us through this process,” she said.
As he waited, Soliman spent time volunteering for his church, delivering food to people affected by the pandemic. When Hawn’s staff called to ask if he was ready, he didn’t hesitate. “I felt that they were taking care of things — in fact, going above and beyond,” he said, “so I felt comfortable.”
Soliman stayed one night at Stanford Hospital and left the next day. The surgery was a success, Hawn said. He was limited to a liquid diet for several weeks. Hawn expects him to be back to normal in a few months.
Recently, as Soliman ran some spinach and kale through the blender for his dinner, he reflected on the years he toughed it out, before his surgery. The pain from the hernia radiated to his back, his shoulders and his sinuses, and medication didn’t help.
“I’m much better now,” he said.