Performing Elective Surgeries and Outpatient Procedures – SAFELY

Over the years, Optim Health System has earned a reputation throughout the region for its award-winning quality, safety and patient focused orthopedic care. We achieved this position through attention to detail and a constant focus on making our patients our priority in everything we do every single day.

We understand concerns about COVID-19 might be causing you some hesitation in scheduling or rescheduling your surgery or procedure, so we would like to remind you what is unique about us and share some of the many steps we are taking to ensure your safety at Optim Medical Center-Tattnall and Optim Surgery Center.  

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Because we focus on the patient first and foremost, Optim Surgery Center and Optim Medical Center-Tattnall have become some of the most awarded and accredited facilities in our region for safety, quality and compassion in delivering world-class care.  

Optim Surgery Center is accredited by the Association for Ambulatory Health Care, which measures the quality of its services and performance against nationally recognized Standards.

Optim Medical Center-Tattnall was recently DNV-GL Accredited and Certified for Quality and Patient Safety as an Orthopedic Center of Excellence for Hip and Knee Replacement, Shoulder Surgery, and Spine Surgery.

Optim Medical Center-Tattnall was named by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement™ for the seventh consecutive year (2014 – 2020). Other consistent recognitions by Healthgrades include:

  • Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ (2014 – 2020)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Joint Replacement (2014 – 2020)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement (2012 – 2020)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement (2014 – 2020)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery (2016 – 2020)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award (2017, 2019)

Prior to COVID-19 and still today, Optim Surgery Center and Optim Medical Center-Tattnall remain a uniquely attractive option in our region for patients in need of orthopedic surgery and interventional pain procedures. Our focus on musculoskeletal care and elective surgeries and procedures means that you will have less exposure to potentially sick patients while in our facilities. Less risk of exposure to sick people greatly reduces the potential spread of viruses and other illnesses and should provide you some comfort that you can more safely have your surgery or procedure in one of our facilities.


We take the health and well-being of our patients, our employees and providers, and everyone in the communities we serve, very seriously. In regard to COVID-19, every action we have taken over the past few months has been after careful consideration of the available facts and scientific guidelines. Our decision to resume elective surgeries was based, in part, on guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Hospital Association, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Association of Perioperative Nurses, and the Governors of Georgia and South Carolina. 

We also based our decision to resume elective procedures on the robust system of safety and protection measures we have in place at Optim Surgery Center and Optim Medical Center-Tattnall. We have made unprecedented changes to our protocols over the past several months in response to COVID-19.

Some of the enhanced safety and protection steps we have taken include:

  • Entry points are limited and secured
  • Everyone entering the hospital or surgery center is required to wear a mask while in the facility
  • Patients and visitors must clear a set of COVID-19 screening questions prior to arriving at the hospital or surgery center for scheduled procedures, and then again upon arrival accompanied by temperature checks
  • Patients are being asked to only bring one visitor, if possible, and that visitor must be 18 years of age or older
  • Social distancing is required and support in all areas, including limited seating and access to common areas
  • Frequent disinfection and sanitation of surfaces in all areas
  • Physicians and staff must clear a set of COVID-19 screening questions at the start of their shift, and have their temperature checked multiple times throughout their shift
  • Strict infection prevention procedures are being followed, with operating rooms, procedure rooms and equipment thoroughly sanitized between every use
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is strictly used in all surgeries and procedures

These enhanced safety procedures will remain in place and be refined as factual, scientific guidelines suggest for as long as COVID-19 remains a concern. We have been, and will continue to, closely monitor the CDC, WHO, and the Georgia and South Carolina Departments of Public Health (DPH) for information and make the appropriate updates to ensure we maintain the most up to date and best protocols possible.  

If you would like to schedule or reschedule your elective surgery or outpatient procedure, please contact your orthopedic, neurosurgery, or interventional pain management provider.

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