Associates in Dermatology is committed to caring for our patients while being concerned about your safety during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Dr. Steppie and his entire team of dermatology providers wishes to thank you for entrusting us with your care, and while the COVID-19 outbreak is foremost in our minds, we want to be very clear that the safety and health of our patients, providers, and team members are a top priority at our offices.
Data collected by the Florida Department of Health indicates the State has achieved several critical benchmarks in flattening the curve, and at Associates in Dermatology, we are doing our share.
The situation is being very closely monitored and we, along with other health providers are following the advice of the Center for Disease and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health Services (DHS) . We will make any updates that we may need to assure the safety of our patents.
Our hours remain normal at most of our offices to serve our patients. Please be assured, we are taking additional precautions for infection control. For instance, we have increased our staff's routine of disinfecting high-touch areas as well as our patient rooms several times throughout the day. Per the CDC and DHS, we have also restated and enforced the importance of hand hygiene with our entire team of medical assistants, providers and other staff members.
If you have an upcoming appointment we ask that you follow these rules to better allow for your safety as well as that of our staff:
- All patients will be asked screening questions when scheduling their appointments as well as on the day of their visit.
- At this time, we strictly limit the number of people who attend with our patients to only those who are there to assist during the visit, or provide transportation (for instance in case of a patient being a child or other dependent).
- While in our offices, patients (& their caregivers) are recommended to wear face covering or protective face masks during their visit.
In our efforts to keep you and our entire team safe, magazines have been discarded from our waiting rooms and we have implemented a system to help with social distancing, by utilizing all the rooms available when possible and also allowing patients to wait in their car until time to be seen.
Reschedule your appointment for a later date if:
You experience a fever, cough or shortness of breath
Have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient within the past 14 days
Have traveled to any high risk areas in the past 14 days
To Our Higher Risk Patients
Our patients whom are most vulnerable to this epidemic, we want to make certain extra measures are taken for their safety. We encourage high-risk patients to reschedule any non-urgent visits for a later time. This includes patients who meet the following criteria:
65 years of age and older
Individuals with compromised immune systems
Individuals with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
Individuals with cancer, organ transplant, or immune deficiency
Individuals who are on medication that suppresses their immune system.
To reschedule your appointment for any reason, please contact our offices as soon as possible.
We are also glad to offer Telehealth Medicine services, currently to our patients. *restrictions may apply.
Click here to request a telehealth visit or call us at 800 827 7546.
Our team at Associates in Dermatology are taking this outbreak seriously, as well as the health and safety of our patients and dedicated team members. We will continue to update and prioritize our procedures as this situation evolves.