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SUBURBAN GASTROENTEROLOGY STATEMENT ON COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS

At Suburban Gastroenterology, we believe that the health and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority.

In an effort to limit transmission of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, our staff has worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to screen each patient that was seen and treated in our office and the endoscopy center.  These measures were in line with the recommendations from the CDC and other public health agencies.

Nonetheless, the escalation of the COVID-19 virus in our country and the recent declaration of a National State of Emergency has required broad changes in the way we are currently living our lives.  This includes how we are able to give as well as receive health care.

We therefore wish to address the following two broad categories of the services we provide:

  1.  ENDOSCOPIC PROCEDURES

We are currently recommending the cancellation of all elective and non-urgent endoscopic procedures, with the understanding that they will ultimately need to be performed at a later date.

The Midwest Endoscopy Center is temporarily closed as of March 16, 2020.  The decision to close the center was a proactive one and intended to limit the exposure of our patients and staff to this virus.  This decision is in line with the recommendation of the Surgeon General, our national GI and surgical societies and the CDC, as well as other public health agencies.

There were no cases of the COVID-19 virus linked to the Midwest Endoscopy Center.

Procedures deemed to be urgent by your physician will be prioritized and tentatively performed at Edward Hospital.  Scheduling will depend, in part, on the availability of procedure times at Edward Hospital.  Edward Hospital, like all hospitals, will need to prioritize the needs of their inpatient population and sickest outpatients first.

  1.  OFFICE VISITS

Office visits and consultations are being rescheduled in order to limit the exposure of our patients and staff to the coronavirus.

We will be actively reaching out to our patients in order to address their ongoing needs during this health crisis. 

  •  Routine prescriptions will be filled.  Please notify the office if this is needed. Certain refills may necessitate a Telemedicine visit.
  •  Non-urgent medical problems will be addressed through MyChart and telephone calls.
  •  For patients with more urgent problems, we are arranging Telemedicine visits and are seeing selective patients in the office. For patients that are seen in the office, we are taking extensive precautions to provide safety to our patients and staff.
  •  Patients receiving in-office medication infusions i.e. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis patients, patients with iron deficiency anemia, etc. will continue to receive their infusions as previously scheduled.

We understand the inconvenience and hardship that these changes may cause.

We want to assure you that we remain committed to providing you with the best possible health care during this trying time.

As the National State of Emergency continues, we will respond accordingly to the most current recommendations from our government and public health agencies.

In the meantime, we urge our patients to monitor the CDC website and stay informed of the latest updates regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus from their local, state and national news releases.

Sincerely,

The physicians and staff at Suburban Gastroenterology