200 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60604
p 312.922.3815 / f 312.922.7449
AN UPDATE FROM US ON COVID-19
Dear Valued Patient,
We hope that you and your family have been safe and healthy during this time. We are extremely grateful for your patience and support during this pandemic. We remain committed to being partners in your health and providing you the best possible care. Please continue to follow the stay-at-home advisory and physical distancing. We wanted to give you an update on how we are continuing to meet your needs during this time. Your safety is our top priority!
We currently have availability for both in-person and virtual (video) appointments. We understand that it has been a long time to put health matters on hold. If you do not feel comfortable to come to the office, we are happy to help manage chronic medical conditions through virtual visits now! Virtual visits are billed to your insurance just like an in-office visit; check with your insurance plan about coverage. To schedule either kind of appointment, please call us at 312-922-3815 or send us a message through MyChart.
FOR EVERYONE'S SAFETY, WE ARE STILL UNABLE TO TAKE WALK-IN OFFICE OR LAB APPOINTMENTS. We can only see people with appointments that are scheduled ahead of time. Please contact your doctor if you feel that you need an in-person visit.
We also have a new system for laboratory services and allergy shots. AGAIN, WE ARE UNABLE TO TAKE WALK-IN APPOINTMENTS to safeguard your health and the health of our staff. If your doctor has decided that it is essential for you to come in for lab tests or some other laboratory service (like a vaccine or injection), we will schedule you a specific time to come to the lab. For allergy shots, please continue to message the office at least 24 hours in advance, but now we will also schedule you a specific time to come in as well.
For all appointments (visits with a doctor or a lab visit), we would appreciate you being on-time and arriving as close to your scheduled time as possible. We are scheduling set times to minimize wait times and crowding to keep you as safe as possible. You are required to wear a mask that covers both your nose and mouth: please wear one when you leave your home, keep it on the entire time when you're here in the office, and only remove it after you return home. When you arrive, we appreciate your patience so please continue to physically distance yourself when you arrive.
There are a few additional policies because again, our top priority is your safety!
First, when scheduling an appointment and again when you arrive, you will be asked screening questions to see if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, traveled in the past few weeks, or had close contact with someone who has had COVID-19. Please do not come to the office if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or any flu-like or cold symptoms. This is to protect our staff and other patients who are visiting the office. Call the office so we can change your appointment to a virtual visit, or we can reschedule your appointment.
Second, only patients with a scheduled appointment time will be allowed to enter the office. We request that any companions who come with you wait outside the building for you. Please contact your doctor before your appointment if you need special accommodation. Our office has also been rearranged to promote social distancing. We appreciate you being on time so that we can bring you back promptly to an exam room upon your arrival.
Third, doctors and staff will be wearing masks in the office. Doctors will also be wearing other protective equipment during your visit. While maintaining a clean office has always been our practice, we have added extra precautions based on CDC recommendations to ensure our office is sanitized frequently before and after your visit.
At this moment, our office is working with Northwestern Medicine and local public health departments to ensure our patients get vaccines when eligible. Northwestern Medicine is sending invitations via MyChart to get vaccinations directly to eligible patients; these invitations will be based on priority (at the moment that includes people 40 and older with at least one high-risk condition). If invited, you will be told how to schedule an appointment to get the vaccine. We hope to be able to give the vaccine in our office in the future once doses become more readily available. At this time, our office does not not have a wait list.
Currently Chicago and Cook County are in Phase 1C, which includes essential workers and anyone over age 16 with high-risk medical conditions.
Chicago has defined the following as high-risk medication conditions:
- Cancer (current diagnosis)
- Cardiac, cardiovascular, and cerebrovascular disorders (including heart disease, coronary artery disease, and hypertension or high blood pressure)
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Chronic respiratory disorders (including cystic fibrosis, moderate to severe asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/emphysema [COPD])
- Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
- Disability: physical, developmental, visual, hearing, or mental
- Neurologic conditions (including dementia)
- Down Syndrome
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
- Liver disease (including hepatitis)
- Obesity: BMI =30 kg/m2
- Schizophrenia spectrum disorders
- Sickle Cell Disease
Illinois will expand eligibility to all residents over the age of 16 starting April 12; Chicago will expand eligibility starting April 19.
We now have some information about how to sign up to get vaccinated if you are eligible. Please remember that doses are still limited so appointment availability may still be limited; it may still take some effort to schedule an appointment time. We recommend checking things on a regular basis as new appointments will open up.
The state of Illinois has a web site listing vaccination locations across the state; go to https://coronavirus.illinois.
To make an appointment, go to https://covidvaccination.dph.
The city of Chicago has a similar web site listing vaccination locations in the city; go to https://www.chicago.gov/city/
Residents of the city of Chicago may go to http://www.zocdoc.com/vaccine/ to schedule appointments to get vaccinated. This includes several sites around the city, including mass vaccination centers in the city (United Center, Wrigley Field). There is also a multilingual hotline to schedule an appointment: call (312) 746-4835 from 8 AM to 8 PM Mondays through Saturdays and 8 AM to 4 PM on Sundays.
Additionally, Cook County has also set up a web site for the rest of Cook County: if you live/work in the rest of Cook County, go to https://vaccine.cookcountyil.
Furthermore, local pharmacy chains have begun offering COVID-19 vaccines at certain locations.
For your local Walgreens, go to https://www.walgreens.com/
For your local CVS, go to ttps://www.cvs.com/
For your local Osco, go to https://www.
For your local Meijer, go to: http://clinic.meijer.com
Certain Mariano's with pharmacies will be giving COVID-19 vaccinations when available. Check their website: https://www.marianos.com/rx/
Certain Walmart locations in the city are giving vaccinations; go to https://www.walmart.com/cp/
For people outside the city of Chicago, you can find more information or even register to get the vaccine at the sites listed below:
If you are a healthcare worker in suburban Cook County, go to https://redcap.dph.illinois.
If you are a resident of Lake County, go to https://allvax.lakecohealth.
If you are a resident of Will County, go to https://willcountyhealth.org/
If you are a resident of DuPage County, go to https://form.jotform.com/
If you are a resident of Kane County, go to https://redcap.dph.illinois.
If you are resident of McHenry County, go to https://www.mchenrycountyil.
If you are a resident of Indiana, go to https://www.coronavirus.in.
If you are a resident of Michigan, go to https://Michigan.gov/
We will continue to update our web site as more information becomes available. You may also check NM.org for additional information.
For now, you can learn more about COVID-19 vaccines here:
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Dr. Sheila Ballintine, Dr Sean Connolly, Dr Angelo Costas, Dr Ami Desai, Dr Greg Ewert,
Dr Louis Hiotis, Dr Evan Ng, Dr Bradley Sabin, Dr Shirley Lee TerMolen, and Dr David Vermylen
Serving the Chicagoland area for over forty years, we have a long and proud history of providing exceptional medical care to a wonderfully diverse patient population.
Our physicians are all affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and actively participate in the education of medical students and residents from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. We are conveniently located in the heart of Chicago on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Adams Street across the street from the Art Institute.
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