Scripps reopens 3 medical centers, resumes time-critical surgeries

Posted at 10:33 AM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 13:37:04-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Three Scripps Health clinics will be reopening after being closed in March when stay-at-home orders began due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Scripps says it has also resumed time-critical surgeries at its five hospital locations and outpatient surgery centers in the county.

Scripps Coastal Medical Center Escondido, Scripps Coastal Medical Center Solana Beach, and Scripps Clinic Santee are reopening for the same medical services that were available at the sites prior to closing, expect for radiology.

During the closures, patients were referred to other Scripps Health sites that were still open.

As the medical centers reopen, Scripps Health says it is taking all necessary precautions, including all staff and patients wearing masks, screening patients before they enter, isolating patients with COVID-19 symptoms, and using strict cleaning protocols.

"We are very thoughtfully and cautiously phasing in a return of services to make sure that we have what we need to protect our patients and staff – from personal protective equipment to disinfecting supplies – to ensure the safety of everyone in our facilities," said Ghazala Sharieff, Scripps chief medical officer of clinical excellence and experience.