Rapid City Medical Center offering virtual visits in response to COVID-19

In response to the coronavirus concern, the Rapid City Medical Center is now doing their part to add a service for patients.

The physicians at Rapid City Medical Center are doing their part to help protect the community in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic by offering virtual visits to patients in their homes.

The Rapid City Medical Center

The Rapid City Medical Center

Rapid City Medical Center physicians are encouraging any patient over the age of 60 and who has chronic conditions or is experiencing acute respiratory symptoms to call to see if this tool is right for you. It is easy to use with a smart-phone or computer equipped with a camera.

Virtual Visit

Virtual Visit

Heather Bindel, Chief Operating Officer of the Medical Center, says, “Our big focus is on making sure our facilities are safe for patients who both have the coronavirus and need to be tested but also those patients who have other preexisting conditions because it’s very important that they keep up on all of their maintenance of that condition.”

Face mask used for those with symptoms

Face mask used for those with symptoms

To limit contact with other patients, Rapid City Medical Center is rerouting patients who are experiencing virus symptoms to enter the facility though the urgent care entrance. Limit contact is key to stopping the spread of the virus. Patients with symptoms are also asked to wear a mask.

“The message is that we are still very safe for people to come to our facilities but we understand that there are some people with very compromised immune systems and we don’t want to put them at risk even by going out in public at all so we are offering that service to them,” says Bindel.

If you wish to request a virtual visit, call the direct line at 342-3280.  All of the board-certified physicians are able to utilize this platform and they will determine with you if it is the best way to serve your needs.

 

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