Dear current and prospective patients:
I write to you today as we continue to monitor the rapidly changing public health crisis caused by the coronavirus. I want to provide you with an update on our efforts to ensure your treatment with us is as safe as possible. We continue to monitor Governor Brown’s orders, including those issued on March 23, as well as all recommendations coming from the CDC.
As you know, on March 23, 2020, the Governor asked that all Oregonians stay in their homes except for basic needs and other specific exceptions. One of these exceptions is necessary medical appointments and we feel strongly that your TMS treatment is a necessary treatment given the debilitating nature of depression and anxiety disorders. You may have also heard about “non-essential” businesses being asked to close for the foreseeable future. I want to reassure you that as a health care clinic we are considered an “essential service” and plan to continue to serve our patients during this difficult time.
To protect you and our staff, we have instituted even more rigorous cleaning and disinfecting procedures at all our clinics. To further reduce the likelihood of infection, we will be asking those of you currently getting treatment to respond to a brief health screening at every session to assess for possible COVID-19 symptoms. We appreciate your help in answering these daily questions and do not hesitate to ask our clinicians any questions you may have. Of course, if you feel ill in any way, please contact us before coming into the clinic to discuss the situation but we will likely tell you to stay at home for that day. If you do stay home, expect that one of our healthcare professionals will reach out to you to discuss a plan for continued treatment.
If you have more concerns about continuing your TMS treatment, please get in touch with the doctor or nurse practitioner that you have been working with or ask one of our technicians to have the doctor reach out to you. While there are no perfect solutions to the current situation that we are living through, we feel confident that continuing to make a safe and effective treatment for depression like TMS available is the right decision. That said, we will continue to evaluate the situation in the coming days and weeks based on published guidelines from state and federal authorities and will update you on any changes that we need to make.
Please do not hesitate to discuss any concerns you may have with your treatment team and thank you for trusting us to help you on your road to recovery.
Jonathan Horey, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Active Recovery TMS
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