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COVID-19 Letter


 


 
  • ANNOUNCEMENT


    May 15, 2020

    We are pleased to welcome all our patients back to our Annapolis office as of June 1st, as we are able to see any patient, not just those with urgent healthcare needs.  For patients who prefer not to come into the office, we will continue to offer Telehealth visits.

    Since the COVID-19 outbreak, we've implemented new processes to keep patients, staff, and physicians safe. Please be reassured that at ALL times, our office has practiced the Universal Precaution Guidelines.  We are also taking extra precautions based on CDC (Center Disease Control) recommendations to ensure your safety while attending your appointment.

    The Extra Steps are, but NOT limited to:

    • Everyone must wear a face mask into the office, and wear it throughout their visit.
    • We have placed hand sanitizer throughout the office and ask that when you arrive, to please use it.
    • We are asking everyone to please refrain from using cell phones while in the office/waiting rooms.
    • Our common areas are thoroughly wiped down and disinfected multiple times a day
    • All of our common area doors are being left open to minimize the constant touching of handles
    • We are limiting our direct patient contact with non-clinical staff
    • We have removed all magazines and pamphlets

    IMPORTANT:  If you are infected with COVID-19 or think that you may have been infected, please contact us in advance before coming in.  This way we can instruct you on where to go and how to proceed for the safety of all.  We are also asking that if you have been at a social gathering within the past 2 weeks, to please refrain from coming into the office for 2 weeks. 

    As we continue to come back from the challenges of COVID-19, rest assured DDA will continue to follow local and state requirements.  We will keep you safe, and ask that you please keep us safe so we can continue to care for you. We applaud those who supported the Stay-at-Home order. Thank you for helping make a difference.

    Gastroenterology

    Michael  Epstein, M.D., F.A.C.G., AFAF

    Charles King, M.D., F.A.C.P

    Barry Cukor, M.D.

    Vishnupriya Krishna, M.D.

    Kevin Wolov, D.O.

    Brittany Dickert, NP

     

     

    621 Ridgely Avenue, Suite 201

    Annapolis, MD 21401

    Phone:  410-224-4887

    Fax:  410-224-1428

    www.dda.net

     

    Maryland Diagnostic & Therapeutic Endo Center
    621 Ridgely Ave, Suite 101
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    Office Number: 410-224-3636
    Fax Number: 410-972-2698

     

    Dear Patient,

    Governor Hogan announced that all non-emergent care is permitted as of May 7th, 2020.

    As medical professionals, we are trained to place the well-being and safety of our patients above all else, and that commitment to your health and safety is central to every decision made during this challenging time. We are closely monitoring all developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and we are strictly adhering to all guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as our state health department.

    Patients and practices are now free to elect necessary endoscopic procedures that may have been delayed. We pledge to provide a safe and comforting outpatient experience for every patient in our center.
    Though restrictions are easing, we remain committed to ongoing safety and prevention of illness transmission.
    Please be aware of our enhanced infection control measures to ensure your health:

    Everyone must wear a cloth face covering or mask upon entry into our center.

    • Everyone must use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving our center. Please use our provided sanitizer. It is the most important prevention measure! Hand sanitizer, tissues, and lined trash receptacles may be found in all areas for use by our patients.
    • Patients must be screened prior to and on the day of their procedure for fever and flu symptoms. We perform the same screenings for every staff member, every day. Anyone with fever or flu symptoms will be asked to reschedule their procedure.
    • Every member of our staff has also received CDC generated training about COVID-19, and about personal protective equipment. Policies and postings are changed as guidelines evolve. 
    • No one other than the patient may wait in our center. We require patients to provide name and number of responsible adult driving patient home at the time of check-in. We ask that all patient rides wait outside of the center and be available within 15 minutes to ensure patients leave the center when they are ready to be discharged. Any exceptions to this requirement must be approved in advance.
    • We have always prided ourselves on a clean, safe office environment. Now more than ever, cleaning and disinfection is of paramount importance. EPA registered cleaning materials are used frequently throughout the day on all surfaces in all patient care areas and office spaces. High touch surfaces like door handles, exam chairs and tables, and restrooms are given special attention.
    • Our waiting areas no longer offer magazines or pamphlets since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
    • Each patient will be given a new disposable pen to sign all required paperwork.
    • We have completed the required self-certification mandated by the Maryland State Health Department and have posted this certification in our reception area.

    Be assured we remain fully prepared to evaluate and care for all of our patients, and we are taking all possible precautions to protect our patients, their families, our staff, and our communities. Thank you for your support and cooperation with these efforts.

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