Providing excellent and caring health care in partnership with patients and families!
COVID-19 (AKA novel coronavirus)
Update 8/18/2020: We are OPEN and seeing patients.
Cliff notes – we are here, we care, and we’re working to protect everyone! We will try to be posting accurate and helpful information to our website andfacebook page, so you can follow us if you want to see our posts.
Want great resources? Check out our COVID-19 resource page if you are getting bored or struggling with staying home.
Our current process for seeing patients is working hard to do everything possible to protect you and our most vulnerable clients who still need care during this new and different time. Our clinic has been taking strict precautions to keep our vulnerable populations safe.
We have been:
- Utilizing telemedicine to keep our healthy and/or mildly ill patients at home as much as possible, and nearly every insurance company covers this (visits can be for nearly anything, not just illness). We are even doing some new patient visits via telemedicine.
- Minimizing the number of patients entering the office to those truly needed (eg. newborns needing weight checks, infants needing vaccines, elders needing blood draws, well exams under the age of 50; limiting accompanying visitors)
- Everyone entering the clinic checks in via phone, has a respiratory screen and temperature taken, and is escorted through our one way clinic (so you don't pass other patients) directly to a freshly cleaned room via staff wearing masks (We request that only one adult accompany a child, adults come unaccompanied, and that no one with any fever or illness symptoms come into the building. The day of the visit (or day before, if you are aware), if anyone is ill, please call to discuss with us.) Per Oregon state mandate and for our staff protection, we request that patients wear masks. If you don't have a mask, please ask for one. If your mask is inadequate, we may ask that you wear one of ours.
- Sick patients do not enter the office: they are seen via telemedicine or at their vehicle; if needing in person evaluation, are checked in via phone, seen (and any testing needed completed) at their own vehicle in the parking lot in specially designated spots to minimize risks to those entering the building. (If this is you, please plan to be in your vehicle for 15-30 minutes and bring things to occupy children accordingly. We do have coverings prepared for the wet weather we are sure is coming!)
We are following the current guidelines put forth by the CDC and AAP to continue to provide well checks and regular follow ups for patients, though some may be done via telemedicine. Rest assured, when you need to be seen, you will be cared for in the safest possible environment, by nurse practitioners with many years of experience. We have the advantage of being a small clinic with excellent environmental controls away from the hospital. We are accepting most insurances for newborn, pediatric, and young adults at this time. While we require our patients to be vaccinated, we are willing to work with parents that prefer a modified schedule. Pregnant mothers can schedule a telemedicine or in person “meet and greet” appointment with our providers. We look forward to continuing to provide safe and evidence-based care during this unprecedented time.
We also support preventing transmission of COVID, especially to our more vulnerable populations across our community. We strongly support the CDC guidelines, including frequent hand washing, social distancing (at least 6 feet apart), avoid touching your face, wearing masks when around others, covering your cough (and wash after), and avoiding nonessential outings. One of our staff has reached out to nearly all of our patients over the age of 60, and we want you, in particular, to stay quarantined during this time. Please continue to take this seriously, and reach out to us if there is something we can help you with. We want each of you to be safe, but we are still here to care for you (and we want to keep being here, thus our careful precautions to care for us all)!
In these last months, consulting and learning from others in the county, the state, and across the nation, we are working hard to keep each of you safe and take the very best care of you, according to the ever updating research and guidelines. We are thankful for you and honored to be caring for you, and our hopes and wishes go out to you and your families during this historic time.
We hope with your understanding and co-operation that this will keep all of you, especially patients who are at high risk, safe and healthy.
Sunrise Family Clinic 320 SE Baker St., McMinnville, OR 97128