Choptank Community Health System (CCHS) remains committed to serving the medical and dental needs of our community. For 40-years, our focus has always been on improving the health of our Eastern Shore Community.
To further assist existing patients and members of our community, currently without primary care, Choptank is now offering video telehealth appointments. These visits feature end-to-end encryption for a secure connection between our medical providers and our patients.
“As our community is responding to a pandemic, those with chronic health conditions should not be forced to manage their health alone. We are in this together! Primary care is essential medical care and community health centers across our nation are stepping up to ensure patients continue to have access to their primary care provider,” said Sara Rich, Choptank Health’s chief executive officer.
As the COVID-19 situation developed, Choptank Community Health executed emergency plans to meet the demand for COVID-19 services and implemented drive-up triage and testing at five of their Health Center locations.
At this time, CCHS has completed over 400 COVID-19 tests for residents of the Mid-Shore, over 75 of those tested reside in Talbot County. Choptank will continue to be a local source of COVID-19 tests for those who may not have a primary care provider or be unable to travel to the regional testing site at Chesapeake College.
CCHS continues to provide world-class healthcare for all and further innovated by making video appointments and telephone check-ins available to all patients in need of primary medical care. New patients are also encouraged to establish care with CCHS via a video appointment.
While in-person access to our health centers is limited, and Maryland continues to restrict access to elective and non-urgent procedures, Choptank is leveraging existing technology to bring primary medical care directly to our patient’s home, via video visits.
Anyone in need of medical care is encouraged to call their local Choptank Community Health Center, where staff are available to assist with scheduling, sign-up, and any questions. Patients who have completed video visits enjoyed the ease of having a routine medical appointment in the comfort of their own home.
Jonathan Forte, chief 0perating 0fficer at Choptank Health, stated, “As coronavirus continues to impact our region, healthcare providers continue to help our community adapt. We must all practice social distancing and attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19. By enabling video visits, our patients can continue to rely on Choptank Community Health System and see a medical provider from the comfort and safety of their own home.”
Choptank Community Health has also worked closely with industry leaders on the Mid-Shore to enhance the safety and availability of testing to workers in agriculture, poultry, and manufacturing that is the lifeblood of the Eastern Shore. By continuing to enhance occupational safety and provide educational materials to industry leaders, CCHS is hoping to stop the spread of COVID-19 and assist our local economy.
Choptank Community Health System encourages our community to be prepared, stay calm and stay home. Patients should contact their local Choptank Health Center with any questions about potential symptoms or appointments. Existing patients are encouraged to keep their next scheduled appointment & download the Google Duo app today. Together we will work to keep our Eastern Shore community healthy and safe.
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