IMPORTANT Message from our Chief Medical Officer

Call us at (316) 262-2415 if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing.

 

A Message from our Chief Medical Officer

At Hunter Health, we take the wellbeing of our patients and our employees very seriously. As a frontline provider of health care, Hunter Health plays a critical role during public health emergencies. This is an uncertain time for many in our communities, especially those in vulnerable situations. Please be assured that we, at Hunter Health, are continually monitoring the evolving situation and guidance regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are being proactive in our preparations to handle any cases that walk through our doors.

During this time of great uncertainty, our employees are here to provide the care for mind, body and spirit that is part of our core service every day.

Dr. Darsham Gonzalez, MD

 

Hunter Health’s Response

As a healthcare provider, the safety and health of our patients, employees and community are always a priority. During this critical time, Hunter Health has taken several additional measures to ensure we continue to serve our mission to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community.

  • We have restricted our Central Clinic access points to one entrance.

  • At each of our sites, patients and visitors are screened for possible COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the main clinic area.
  • If a client is symptomatic, we are escorting them to a separate entrance and using designated rooms for evaluation and treatment. We are leveraging isolated ventilation or mobile equipment to purify the air.
  • The frequency of cleaning procedures has been increased.
  • Staff are using personal protective equipment (PPE) according to protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control.
  • To increase social distancing, we re-arranged our lobbies to create space and several employees are working remotely.
  • Our employees are following KDHE’s guidelines for self-quarantine (e.g. recent travel).

 

Service Updates

Your health is extremely important to us. While we may have to change the level of some services based upon regulatory or clinical practice guidelines, our goal is to provide you with the primary and preventive care you need during this critical time. It is especially important during times like this to stay on top of your health, both physical and mental.

When possible, we are available to handle patient requests (e.g. prescription refills) by phone to help alleviate unnecessary trips.

Given that things are changing daily, we will keep a list of service changes here.

Dental – We are following the CDC’s recommendations to postpone all routine dental visits. We continue to provide dental care for urgent concerns. If you have a pressing need, please call us to speak with one of our dental care team members to evaluate you for an appointment.

OB - We have temporarily moved our OB services to our Brookside Clinic at 2750 S. Roosevelt, Wichita, KS 67210.

Optometry – We are following the CDC’s guidelines to postpone all routine eyecare visits. We continue to provide optometry care for urgent concerns. If you have a pressing need, please call us to speak with one of our optometry care team members to evaluate you for an appointment.

 

Resources

How to Protect Yourself  

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

 

Symptoms

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/toolkit/Cold_vs._Flu_vs._Allergies_vs._Coronavirus.pdf

 

Are You at Risk for Severe Symptoms

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

 

What to Do if You Are Sick

 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/download/If_you_are_sick.pdf

 

Travel

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

 

How You Can Help

This is an ongoing, constantly changing situation; philanthropic support is more valuable than ever as it provides Hunter Health with the financial flexibility necessary to respond to new circumstances as they arise. If you are able, please consider a making a monetary donation to support our patients who cannot afford to pay for their own care out of pocket.  Please click the Donate button at the top of this page to make your gift or contact Kim Bair at 316-201-4982

As of now, all Hunter Health locations are open and operating during normal business hours, and our staff is doing all they can to help our patients remain calm and prepare. We need your help to continue responding to this crisis, and to continue driving healthy change in our communities.