By Ashley Walsh, MHA

Over the past few months, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers have postponed thousands of surgeries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rough estimates indicate that approximately 70% of elective surgeries in the United States have been put on pause. This decision has not only affected patients; it has also created remarkable complexities for hospitals that want or need their biggest revenue generator—the OR—to function at capacity.

As COVID-19 cases across the