Forty hospitals ​across New York State have been notified to stop non-essential, ​non-urgent elective surgeries due to limited staffed patient bed capacity, the New York State Department of Health announced Saturday.

The state says the hospitals have met state’s threshold for “high risk regions" or ​low capacity facilities.

"We will use every available tool to help ensure that hospitals can manage the COVID-19 winter surge," said Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. "I want to remind New Yorkers that getting vaccinated and boosted remain the best way to protect against serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. Vaccination also protects our hospital system. We cannot return to the early months of the pandemic when hospitals were overwhelmed." 

As part of an executive order signed by Gov. Hochul on Nov. 26, elective surgeries and other procedures were halted at 32 hospitals that were under a capacity strain amid a rise in COVID-19 cases on Dec. 7. These hospitals were found to have remaining staffed bed capacity of 10% or less, or faced other capacity issues deemed to be of enough concern to limit elective procedures and surgeries.

The following facilities must stop performing in-hospital elective surgery​. Additionally, if their occupancy is above 95%, they will be required to stop elective surgeries at hospital-owned ambulatory surgical centers for a minimum of two weeks. Some of these hospitals already halted elective surgeries on Dec. 7.

Mohawk Valley Region

  • Faxton-St Luke’s Healthcare St Luke’s Division  
  • Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital   
  • St. Mary's Healthcare   
  • A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital   
  • Cobleskill Regional Hospital   
  • Little Falls Hospital   
  • Nathan Littauer Hospital   
  • Rome Memorial Hospital, Inc   
  • St Elizabeth Medical Center   
  • St. Mary's Healthcare - Amsterdam Memorial Campus

Finger Lakes Region   

  • F.F. Thompson Hospital   
  • Geneva General Hospital   
  • Newark-Wayne Community Hospital   
  • Rochester General Hospital   
  • The Unity Hospital of Rochester   
  • United Memorial Medical Center North Street Campus   
  • Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic   
  • Highland Hospital   
  • Medina Memorial Hospital   
  • Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital   
  • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital of Yates County Inc   
  • Strong Memorial Hospital   
  • Wyoming County Community Hospital   

Central New York Region  

  • Crouse Hospital   
  • Oneida Health Hospital   
  • Oswego Hospital   
  • St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center   
  • University Hospital SUNY Health Science Center   
  • UPSTATE University Hospital at Community General   
  • Auburn Community Hospital   
  • Community Memorial Hospital Inc   
  • Guthrie Cortland Medical Center   

Impacted hospitals in other regions

  • Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc.   
  • Mount St Mary’s Hospital and Health Center   
  • Erie County Medical Center   
  • Mercy Hospital of Buffalo    
  • Sisters of Charity Hospital   
  • The University of Vermont Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital    
  • Bertrand Chaffee Hospital   
  • Olean General Hospital