COVID-19 Patient Information

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Mason City Surgery Center has implemented several new actions, along with our existing infection control processes in response to the COVID-19.

COVID-19 Actions to Limit Exposure for Patients, Family and Healthcare Providers:


  • Hand sanitizer is provided throughout the Center.
  • All surfaces are decontaminated between each patient encounter and at the conclusion of each day’s cases per national standards. This includes pens and electronic keyboards, blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, etc.

Case Scheduling:

  • All cases scheduled have been reviewed by your provider and our team to ensure that it is appropriate to be performed during this time.
  • All patients are screened for Covid-19 symptoms and/or exposure during the PreAdmission phone call.
  • Screening occurs again prior to entrance into the Center.

Limiting Visitors:

  • Patient’s family or caregiver are asked to drop patient off at the Surgery Center’s front entrance if at all possible and provide a phone number for postop call and discharge teaching needs.
  • One escort will be allowed in with the patient. 2 escorts will be allowed for any pediatric patient who requires a rear-facing car seat.
  • No one under age of 18 will be allowed in the facility unless they are the patient.


  • Please maintain social-distancing of 6 feet apart from others. The floor is marked to aide in this effort.
  • Screening for Covid-19 symptoms, exposure history and temperature monitoring is completed for all who enter the building (staff and patient/escort).

Protective Masks:

  • Shall be worn by all patients/escorts/staff in the facility. The front screening station will provide patients with one disposable mask.
  • Cloth masks will be allowed only for the patient’s parent/escort. If the parent/escort does not have a mask, they will be given a mask.
    • If the mask appears ill-fitting or is determined to be inadequate (thin neck gater, etc.), the escort will be given a disposable mask.
  • Please wear the mask at all times while in the Center even when in a private room.
  • For your safety, avoid touching the outside of the mask. When removing, touch only at the strings and dispose in a nearby trash can.
  • Wash or sanitize hands immediately after removal and any time you may have touched your mask.


  • After registration, we will take you directly to a room if possible. However, you may have a short wait in our waiting lobby.
  • Please maintain social distancing. Chairs have been arranged to maintain 6 feet apart.
  • The lobby will have designated areas for arriving patients/escorts and waiting escorts.
  • Escorts
    • Please keep personal belongings with you (jackets, etc.).
    • There is a vending machine available for light snacks/drinks.
    • Coffee is available upon request.
    • Please keep your mask on at all times.

PreOperative Area:

  • Once in the PreOperative area, there are hand washing areas and hand foam available as needed.

OR Procedure:

  • The Facility will be utilizing standard and recommended practices related to anesthesia protocols, airway needs, air exchanges and cleaning our rooms.


  • Written discharge instructions will be reviewed prior to and after your procedure.
  • A copy of this information will go home with you to share with your family member/escort.
  • If your family member/escort is not present, they will be called when it is time to pick you up. Discharge instructions will be reviewed with your family member/escort either in person or over the phone.

Post-Operative Follow-Up call:

  • You will receive a call within 1- 3 days after your procedure asking how you are doing.
  • Please let us know if you are exhibiting any signs or symptoms of Covid-19.

Safety Precautions At Home:

  • Wear a protective cloth mask if venturing outside your home or yard.
  • Wash your hands or hand sanitize often:
    • Prior to and after touching your dressings
    • Before and after eating, using the restroom, coughing, sneezing or touching high use items (door knobs, cell phones, TV remotes, computer mouse, sink and bathroom knobs etc.).
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of tissue after or cough into your elbow.

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Mason City Surgery Center, 990 4th Street S.W., Mason City, Iowa 50401

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Mason City Surgery Center is a multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center providing Otolaryngology (ENT), General surgery, Gastrointestinal (colonoscopy), Gynecology, Ophthalmology (including cataracts), Orthopaedics, Pain Management, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Podiatry, and Urology, procedures. The center is located at 990 Fourth Street SW, Mason City, IA 50401. Call 641-494-2000 or 877-704-0038.