To our Valued Patients,
We are pleased to announce that we will reopen all Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) clinics beginning on Monday, March 30. The decision to reopen was made with the utmost concern for patient, employee, and physician safety while understanding that the community relies on FOI to provide needed orthopedic care. Although we have continued to provide coverage to area hospitals for the most complex trauma injuries, we must also care for concerns that may cause distress, pain, or potential permanent issues if not treated in a timely manner.
We have taken great strides to ensure the health and safety of our patients. In just a few short days, FOI has implemented new ways to care for its patients through telemedicine offerings. The program enables existing patients to be seen from the comfort of their home, only requiring them to come into the office should they need a physical exam or further diagnostic testing. We have also streamlined processes for individuals who feel more comfortable consulting with our team or are required to visit us in-person.
With the health of all who enter our doors as our top priority, we will be instituting necessary screening measures and temperature checks to patients, employees and physicians. Anyone that is experiencing symptoms, currently sick, or that has traveled internationally or to areas with sustained transmissions such as California, Washington State, New Jersey, Metro New York City and surrounding areas in the past 14 days, will not be permitted on-site. Patients falling under any of these guidelines will be asked to reschedule their visit.
Per Governor DeSantis’ request to preserve the availability of personal protective equipment and ventilators, our outpatient ambulatory surgery centers will remain closed until further notice. FOI physicians are vital to the community’s healthcare system and continue to be on the frontlines, operating in most of Tampa Bay’s hospitals. There, they are addressing issues that require immediate attention and performing surgeries on those most in need following traumatic accidents.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during these uncertain and challenging times. Our team is in the process of organizing physician and staff schedules and will be contacting patients to reschedule any missed appointments. Patients needing new appointments should contact our call center to schedule. We are working tirelessly to prioritize patient appointments based on the urgency and severity of any injury.
Thank you again. Your health and well-being continue to be our top priority, and we look forward to providing the care you need to help keep you active.
Roy Sanders, MD
President and Chief Medical Officer
Florida Orthopaedic Institute