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Compass: Fall 2020

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At Northeast Medical Group, we take great pride in the relationships we have with you and your family. Our clinicians and all the members of our team are committed to being there for you. You have likely noticed the extra steps we are taking to ensure everyone’s safety, including pre-visit calls, screenings at our entrances and wearing masks with every encounter. In the wake of these steps, our sincere hope is that nothing comes between you and your clinician.

All of our sites are now open, though our clinicians continue to be available to you virtually as well. In particular, I want you to know that our walk-in facilities are open for in-person visits. Our commitment to being available for you whenever and however you need us is stronger than ever.

In this issue of Compass we untangle three healthcare topics that can be confusing. We also provide options that make seeing your doctor easier, and safer than ever.

You have choices when it comes to receiving care. Karen Brown, MD, explains why patients often see better outcomes when their care team includes providers from the same health system.

How do you know if a cough is the sign of a cold, flu or COVID-19? Alon Ronen, MD compares symptoms and offers strategies to minimize your risk of catching or spreading these diseases.

Patients, especially those deemed at higher health risk, may be putting off routine care because they’re worried about catching something at the doctor’s office. Arnold DoRosario, MD, addresses those concerns and provides advice for receiving care, including options for virtual visits.

If you have suggestions for topics you would like to see, email our editors at [email protected].

Wishing you and your loved ones health and safety as we head into the winter months, 

Prathibha Varkey, MBBS, MPH, MHPE, MBA Prathibha Varkey, MBBS, MPH, MHPE, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Northeast Medical Group