Tennessee hospital uses ASC to accommodate nonemegerent surgeries

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Kingsport, Tenn.-based Holston Medical Group is accepting new patients at its ASC after a nearby hospital postponed nonemergent surgeries, NBC affiliate WCYB reported Aug. 26. 

Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health began postponing nonemergent surgeries at its hospitals Aug. 26 to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 hospitalization surges. 

"Even though a surgery might not be truly emergent, it doesn't mean it shouldn't get done; it can affect long-term health, return to work, quality of life," Holston Medical Group's Cheryl Stanski, MD, told WCYB.

Ballad Health is still performing procedures at its ASCs, many of which are joint ventures with local providers, the health system told Becker's. 

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