This has been a challenging week for all of our friends, families, and colleagues amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Needless to say, it has impacted all of our lives personally and professionally. The current outlook is that this pandemic will continue to affect us in the coming weeks and I want to take this opportunity to reach out to our patients, staff, and volunteers.
I have spoken to many of you over the past several days and there is no shortage of questions surrounding what may happen and how the current situation may impact our daily lives in the long run. While many future events depend on factors that are beyond our control at this time, we must do our best to manage those aspects that can help us stay healthy and safe.
At our clinics, we are addressing challenges as they arise and are doing our best to keep them open to serve patients in need. We are mindful of those that may visit one of our three locations and are taking precautionary measures to protect those that visit them.
We have set up an internal emergency response team to monitor the local pandemic situation which will take swift, decisive actions as warranted.
We have implemented additional and rigorous cleaning procedures to ensure surfaces that our patients and staff may come in contact with, are cleaned more frequently and are sanitized with cleaning solutions that are effective against COVID-19. We have also installed several hand sanitizer dispensers in all of our clinics.
When patients call to book an appointment, specific prescreening questions are asked so that we can better direct potential COVID-19 patients to institutions that are equipped to diagnose and treat them. Upon arrival, all patients are re-screened and hand washing is required. We have also requested that only patients attend the appointment.
In order to provide service to as many patients as safely as possible, we ask those that visit to bring their own face masks to wear and to attend the appointment by themselves. These measures will help us conserve the very limited amount of supplies that we have and to protect our families and keep our community safe.
Our patients, staff, and volunteers’ health and safety are our utmost priority. In these challenging times, we ask that you keep informed of the latest developments from official sources. Please refer to the CDC Website which provides COVID-19 specific information on how to protect yourself and if you are experiencing symptoms.
I also offer our most sincere sympathy to those impacted by COVID-19.
Please continue to visit our website for the latest developments and we thank you for working with us towards a healthy community.
William Keh, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation
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