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West Boca Medical Center allows support person during elective surgeries

Safety measures in place for those undergoing procedures, as well as companions
Posted at 4:21 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 17:54:10-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Some are now feeling comfortable with elective surgeries at South Florida hospitals. Tenant Healthcare has allowed a support person with patients to help easy any coronavirus worries.

Freddie Ghaltchi was getting a knee replacement Monday at West Boca Medical Center. He said he waited for elective surgeries to restart to get his knee fixed. His wife joined him to help make the day easier.

West Boca Medical Center, June 15, 2020
West Boca Medical Center, June 15, 2020.

"Scary a little bit," Freddie Ghaltchi said. "As you get older, you get scared, and if you have your companion, it gets easier."

Heidi Galtchi agreed.

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"I am so happy I get to be with him and give him some comfort," she added.

The two were screened for COVID-19 when they entered the hospital. They were also encouraged to use hand sanitizer and made to wear face masks.

Heidi Ghaltchi receives temperature check upon arriving at hospital
Heidi Ghaltchi has her temperature checked upon arrival at West Boca Medical Center to accompany her husband for his knee replacement surgery, June 15, 2020.

Dr. Kurtis Kephart said the hospital makes sure everyone stays safe during surgery. There are separate waiting rooms for the support person.

"Any COVID patients in the hospital are kept separate," Kephart said.

The hospital will only allow one support person at this time, but staffers are assessing the changing information with the coronavirus and will open up the possibility to more visitors when it is safe.