Important COVID-19 Information from MPCP Medical Director Jerry Levine, M.D., FACP
As the Medical Director of our practice, I want to share with you important information as it relates to the COVID-19 crisis, and the steps we are taking to remain available to our patients for all medical problems related to COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 issues. During this unprecedented time, we are trying to be as flexible as possible to provide care to our patients. We are an innovative practice using all modalities available to provide urgent and comprehensive care.
- Safety of our patients and staff remains primary, with minimization of risk exposure. We are asking patients with an acute illness, especially a respiratory illness, to call our offices. Do not walk in without calling first.
- All of our providers are able to communicate and see patients via audio visits and telemedicine visits. We are using multiple platforms: Zoom, Doxy.Me, Facetime, Google Duo and others.
- We recommend that patients who participate in a telemedicine visit bring any vital signs they collect at home: blood pressure, weight, heart rate/pulse, and temperature. Be sure to have an accurate, updated medication list, and any additional information such as blood glucose readings available.
- Patients are undergoing Nasal Pharyngeal testing for COVID-19 when clinically appropriate.
- We are encouraging patients to maintain elective visits. While not all visits can be completed via telemedicine, many can, so please call and check with your MPCP office.
- We are providing safe access to the use of our Laboratory.
- Important COVID-19 counseling: be diligent with hand washing, covering sneezes and coughs, increasing hydration, social distancing, and minimizing non-essential travel.
As your primary care providers, it is our mission to guide you through this crisis. We are available for you. Do not panic. Keep in touch with your primary care provider so that we do not overwhelm our emergency rooms. Together we will accomplish this mission.