Practice Updates

 COVID-19 UPDATES

The hospital has updated its Visitation Guidelines copied below.

CPMC Expanded Acute Visitation Guidelines 

  • No visitors under the age of 14 (unless approved exception for special circumstances)

  • Hospital provided face mask that covers both mouth and nose must be worn at all times, even while in patient’s room

  • Visitor access is limited to patient rooms and cafeteria only

  • Outside food delivery vendors not permitted beyond lobby (no floor access)

  • Patients in semi-private rooms – visitors will be assessed on a case-by-case basis

  • Visitation Hours: 10 am to 7 pm

  • ​All permitted visitors must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (2 shots + booster).

    • Alternatively, proof of a negative antigen test within a day of visitation or a negative PCR test within 2 days of visitation can be acceptable.

PREOPERATIVE SCREENING:

To maintain your safety as well as the safety of all of those caring for you, we adhere to all restrictions put forth by the Centers for Disease Control, The American College of Surgeons, Local Public Health Departments, and the Hospital and Surgery Centers. These include:

  • Pre-operative COVID testing. You will be provided with more detailed instructions when time nears your surgical date. 

  • All patients (vaccinated and unvaccinated) currently scheduled for surgery must be tested within three days of surgery. The test must be a PCR test; antigen tests will not be accepted.

If you test positive for the coronavirus during preoperative screening, we must cancel your surgery and you will be instructed to quarantine for 10-14 days. 

OFFICE VISITS:

Most office appointments will be virtual unless you are having urgent/emergent urologic issues (i.e. worsening urinary stream, worsening genital/pelvic pain). Post-op patients will still need to attend their post-op appointment unless otherwise advised. Vaccinated patients may generally be safely seen in person; masks will remain a requirement. Virtual appointments may be just as effective and are preferred for more routine concerns. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

GOOD HEALTH HABITS:

Good health habits can also help prevent and fight COVID-19. You should:

  • WEAR A MASK in public.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid touching your face.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when sick. This includes staying home from work, school, errands, and travel.

  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like phones, keyboards, and doorknobs.

  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink lots of fluids, and eat nutritious food.


We thank you for your understanding and appreciate your patience. Please contact us if you have individualized concerns that require further discussion. You are amazing patients and it is a privilege to serve you.

Mang Chen, MD