Piedmont, which operates its flagship location in Buckhead, said outpatient surgeries are continuing, as well as emergency procedures.
“Surgeries of an emergent nature continue, regardless of inpatient or outpatient status,” Piedmont spokesman John Manasso said in an emailed statement. “Our hospitals continue regular ongoing assessment of the surgical schedule and are accommodating as many procedures as possible.”
Hospitals across the state halted elective surgeries during the initial COVID-19 wave in March and April to conserve beds and vital personal protective equipment.
Piedmont’s announcement Thursday is the first confirmed instance of rationing of surgical services by a metro Atlanta hospital group in the current wave.
“Each of our hospitals reviews available resources daily related to current COVID volume, and, where possible, we continue to shift resources and transfer patients as needed to maintain appropriate capacity—as we have since the pandemic began in March,” Manasso said.
Jim Tudor, a retired lobbyist, said he went to Piedmont Rockdale for pre-operation screening this week for a minor procedure scheduled next week. On his way home, he said his surgeon’s office called and said his procedure had been postponed.
“My surgical scheduler said we’re not rescheduling right now,” Tutor said.
Despite the delay, he said he was grateful the notice. “I don’t think this is totally unexpected given Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings,” he said.