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Outpatient facilities hope to take burden off hospitals

Photo courtesy of Angela Sikora, Windsong Radiology

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, outpatient facilities such as Windsong Radiology are remaining open to address urgent elective inpatient diagnostic and surgical procedures while helping to take the strain off hospital systems who are on the front lines batting the virus. 

Windsong President Dr. Thomas Summers said imaging services don’t stop because of a pandemic.

“We feel that we have a role in keeping patients who have medical needs, particularly imaging needs…in a safe environment, in this atmosphere where they can have those needs met and leaving the hospitals to do what they’re doing so well and that’s taking care of patients that are suffering from COVID,” Summers said.

In attempt to relieve the burden hospital systems are facing due to the overwhelming nature of the coronavirus, Windsong is remaining functional but has adjusted hours, staffing, and services.

“Our volumes are significantly down but we remain open to service the needs of patients who have essential needs and to try to keep them out of the hospitals and keep the hospital resources freed up for the pandemic battle,” Summers said.

Windsong continues to provide services for essential MRI, CT, PET/CT, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, x-ray (with the exception of chest x-rays), and interventional radiology such as a kyphoplasty, oncology procedures, as well as breast surgical care and genetic services.

In effort to stay within social distancing parameters, Windsong is asking patients to call ahead, come by appointment only and come alone, if possible.

Summers said the group has equipped a team dedicated to keeping facilities sanitized at all times. Temperatures are being taken at the door and staff is wearing masks.