Sebastian River Medical Center Resumes Elective Procedures & Surgeries

Sebastian River Medical Center
Sebastian River Medical Center

Sebastian, Melbourne, and Rockledge Regional Medical Centers, Steward Family hospitals, announced they will resume offering elective health care procedures previously delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. As part of its “Safe & Ready” program, the medical centers are taking additional, necessary preparations to ensure patients can receive high-quality, compassionate care in a safe, carefully managed environment – without fear of infection.

Steward Health Care’s early and robust preparation for the pandemic on a national scale allows it to proceed with an expansion of services to meet the needs of its patients and communities. Steward has collaborated with its world-class physicians and developed protocols based on the latest clinical evidence to ensure the safety of patients and providers alike.

“From serious conditions to aches and pains, we know the health care needs of our patients and their families haven’t stopped,” said Daniel Knell, Regional Vice President for Steward Health Care. “That’s why our clinics and emergency rooms are open, and we are scheduling certain elective procedures. Coronavirus has presented us with new challenges, but Steward Health Care stands ready to meet all the health care needs of the Space Coast – in a safe, secure setting.”

Sebastian, Melbourne, and Rockledge Regional Medical Centers are adhering to a rigorous six-point standard ensuring patient safety, confidence, and convenience:

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  1. Expanded hours will allow previously canceled procedures to be scheduled as quickly as possible.
  2. Any COVID-19 related care will take place in designated areas away from other patients and their families.
  3. Emergency Departments will be reorganized to be a safe place to treat all emergency patients.
  4. An astringent cleaning policy has been implemented throughout the hospital.
  5. A strictly controlled visitor and staff masking policy will be required.
  6. Thorough multi-point screening procedures to ensure the safety of patients, visitors, and staff.

Patients can contact their physician’s office to inquire about re-scheduling a procedure, or for more specific information pertaining to each hospital, please visit, or

About Steward Health Care System

Steward Health Care is the largest private, tax-paying physician-led health care network in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 35 hospitals in the United States and the country of Malta that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 42,000 health care professionals. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,900 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risks covered lives through the company’s managed care and health insurance services.

The Steward Health Care Network includes 5,000 physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters per year. Steward Medical Group, the company’s employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.

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