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Current COVID19 policies and updates
Summer Update – 7/2020
Both our locations are open, and we continue social distancing while rendering obstetric and gynecologic care. We still offer telemedicine visits for your convenience. Our emphasis continues to be keeping everyone, patients, and employees, safe while providing you with exceptional care.
Covid Compliance Update
For your safety, the safety of our staff and other patients please review the following.
For your visit:
- Please come alone. No visitors or children are allowed.
Please wear a mask covering your nose and mouth during your entire visit.
If you can answer yes to any of these conditions listed below in the last two weeks, please call the office to speak with a nurse to discuss a plan to reschedule your appointment or be seen via a telemedicine visit. DO NOT come to the office unless authorized by a nurse or provider.
- Fever or chills (temperature over 100.4)
- Cough, congestion, runny nose, or sore throat
- Headache, body ache, or muscle ache
- Shortness of breath, fatigue, or difficulty breathing
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Loss of smell and taste
- Illness in household or exposure to COVID
- International travel in the last two weeks.
- Domestic travel:
- We strongly recommend that patients do not travel outside the Chicago area for 14 days prior to their office visit. The city of Chicago has a new ordinance requiring a mandatory 14-day quarantine for persons traveling to Chicago form certain states with high Covid 19 incidence.
- Per Mayor Lightfoot: Travelers from these states must self-quarantine for 14 days before entering Chicago: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, Missouri, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. Our office will enforce this. https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html
We are now requesting that all patients fill out their registration forms via our online portal https://tinyurl.com/ycm8jcnw prior to coming to your appointment. Filling out your forms ahead of time will reduce your check in time and exposure at the front desk. Please call our office if you have difficulties filling out the necessary forms.
This year has been challenging for everyone in different ways. Please know that we are here everyday as your partner to help, you stay healthy and safe. Be well and enjoy the good weather. The physicians and staff of The Women’s Group of Northwestern.
We hope that you and your family have remained safe and healthy during our country’s public health crisis. In the weeks ahead, we’re excited to be able to resume treating all of our patients. When it’s safe for you to leave your home, we’ll be ready to see you again. We want to tell you about what we’re doing now and how we’re planning to reopen our office for your future appointments.
WE’RE STARTING TO SCHEDULE PROCEDURES AND ANNUAL EXAMS
If your annual exam, colposcopy, iud insertion, LEEP, biopsy, or other procedure has been postponed, we are slowly and safely integrating these appointments back into our schedules. We will be calling patients who have been rescheduled and also encourage you to reach out to us by phone or portal to schedule your appointment. We have opened up early morning, evening and Saturday hours to accommodate your needs.
WE’RE CONTINUING TO OFFER TELEMEDICINE
We will continue to be available to connect with you in a telehealth appointment. We are also performing in-office appointments for ultrasound and blood work when needed. To schedule one of these visits, please call us at 312-440-3810. Or you can send us a message via our portal telling us about your problem. TeleHealth visits are billed to your insurance and most insurance companies are waiving the co-pay due to COVID-19.
WE ARE PRIORITIZING SAFETY
This is our top priority! In order to protect both our patients and staff, we will continue to ask that you have no one accompany you to your office visits. We also ask that you bring a mask or covering for your mouth and nose for your appointment and keep it on throughout your time in our office. Unfortunately, due to shortages, we are unable to provide a mask for your use.
We are also screening all patients at the time of scheduling and at the time of your visit. The screening before you enter the office will include temperature screening. We are also spacing out visits to limit the number of patients in the office at one time.
We are requiring advanced on-line check in via our portal; please call or message us if you need assistance. While our waiting areas are re-arranged to promote social distancing, we encourage you to wait in your car or in the building lobby. Please call us when you arrive to inform us you are here, and our receptionist will then call you on your mobile phone when the doctor is ready to see you.
Our staff are also undergoing screening and temperature checks daily. Doctors and staff will be wearing masks, gloves, and protective eye wear. We will be practicing social distancing and kindly request our patients do as well. Please maintain 6 feet of distance wherever possible.
Based on the CDC’s latest recommendations, we have added extra precautions and preventive steps specific for this pandemic. There are additional sanitation methods daily, as well as sanitizing of rooms and exam tables between each patient visit.
WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO
For now, if you don’t need to go out, stay home. Wear masks or other face covering when you do go out and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others. If you are sick with COVID type symptoms, don’t go out! This includes coming to our office; if you are sick, please call ahead to determine how we can most safely give you optimal care.
Our appointment schedules are continuously evolving to accommodate our patient backlog. This means appointment times might expand into early mornings, evenings and Saturday mornings in the coming months.
In order to protect both our patients and staff, we have instituted a 2-week delay between recent travel and any in-office appointment. Any patient who has traveled by air in the last 2 weeks, or who has traveled by car more than 2 hours from our office, will be required to call the office to discuss a plan to reschedule their appointment or be seen via a telemedicine visit. In some cases when essential care is needed, we may make arrangements for a patient to be seen at an alternate location.
We’re looking forward to seeing you either in person or via telemedicine. Thank you for your understanding during this ever-evolving situation. We are grateful that you continue to entrust us with your care.
COVID 19 – 4/16/2020
In accordance with the CDC’s current recommendations that everyone in the general public wear a cloth mask in addition to continuing to follow social distancing guidelines we request that all patients wear a mask or cloth face covering when coming into the office.
For our obstetrics patients:
The Lavin Pavilion is now prepared to complete pre-procedure Covid-19 testing for our patients with scheduled inductions and cesarean sections. Patients will be contacted by the central scheduling and registration team and directed to present to Lavin the day of or day prior to their procedure.
COVID 19 – 4/16/2020
PRENATAL VISITS SCHEDULE DURING COVID 19:
|NOB (OFFICE VISIT)||8-12 weeks|
|Genetics (OFFICE VISIT)||12|
|16 week appointment (OFFICE VISIT)||16|
|20 week appt (ULTRASOUND AND TELEHEALTH)||20|
|24 week (TELEHEALTH)||24|
|26 weeks appt (1 hr GLUCOSE) OFFICE VISIT||26|
|30 week appt in (OFFICE VISIT)||30|
|32 week appt (TELEHEALTH VISIT)||32|
|34 week appt (OFFICE VISIT)||34|
|36 Week (OFFICE VISIT)||36|
|37 Week (OFFICE VISIT)||37|
|38 Week (OFFICE VISIT)||38|
|39 Week (OFFICE VISIT)||39|
|40 WEEK + Ultrasound (OFFICE VISIT)||40|
The Women’s Group of Northwestern was founded in 1989 as the city’s first all-female medical practice specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Since 1989, our services have centered around providing comprehensive medical care to women in a friendly and professional manner. To accomplish this, we maintain a state-of-the-art facility and provide the latest in medical innovation and technologies in a comfortable setting.
To meet your health care needs efficiently, we offer a broad range of services right in our office. These services include but are not limited to preconception counseling, OB/GYN ultrasounds, colposcopy, LEEP, hysteroscopic sterilizations, treatment of heavy periods with endometrial ablations and hereditary cancer risk reduction counseling.
The Women’s Group of Northwestern consists of eleven physicians: Elena M. Kamel, Anita Levin, Linda S. Katz, Pamela A. Lui, Julie Ericson, Julie Levitt, Kamaljeet Murthy, Stephanie W. Lau, Jordan Sheran, Adrienne Adams and Sarah E. Salamon. All are committed to providing /you the most advanced medical care available.
Our practice employs Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants as part of your health care team. These women have been formally trained in women’s health to provide diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative health care services, as well as many office procedures.
Our triage nurses are another important part of your health care team and are available by telephone from 9 to 4:30 Monday through Friday to answer your medical questions.
As an all-female practice, we have a vested interest in women’s health issues. Whatever your needs, you can expect to receive attentive care and medical expertise from women who understand your needs from both a personal and professional point of view.
On behalf of our entire staff of The Women’s Group of Northwestern, we welcome you to our practice!