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Orlando Health Begins Screening Patients at Cancer Treatment Sites

Temperature Checks, Verbal Screenings Ensure the Health of Vulnerable Patients

Orlando, FL (March 24, 2020) – Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center is implementing temperature checks and verbally screening patients for COVID-19 symptoms as they arrive at locations to receive cancer treatments.

Sites implementing the screenings include:

  • Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center, downtown Orlando
  • Orlando Health Gynecologic Cancer Center
  • Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center – Dr. Phillips
  • Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center – Health Central Hospital
  • Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center – Lake Mary
  • Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center – Clermont

Patients arriving at these locations will have a temporal temperature check and a verbal screening to identify symptoms or potential exposure to coronavirus. Visitors accompanying patients during their visits will also be subject to screenings.

Any patient who presents with symptoms of COVID-19 or a possible exposure to the virus will be isolated and the treating physician will determine the appropriate course of action. Visitors who present with symptoms or have been possibly exposed to the virus will not be allowed entry into any facilities.

Additionally, all patients and visitors throughout Orlando Health hospitals, emergency departments, and hospital-based ambulatory sites will be required to wear a mask during their stay to help prevent respiratory droplet transmission to others.

Patients whose cancer treatments begin or extend into the curfew hours set by Orange County will be given a letter from Orlando Health advising law enforcement of the patient’s treatment schedule.

“We are taking the threat of COVID-19 very seriously and the safety and well-being of our patients and team members is a high priority,” stated Mark Roh, M.D., president of the Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center. “The screenings at all locations where we perform chemotherapy and other infusion treatments will protect patients who have an already compromised immune system and our team members who work closely with these patients to provide life-saving cancer treatments.”

 

About Orlando Health

Orlando Health is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $5.6 billion of assets under management. The system spans nine Florida counties with nearly 450 locations that include 13 wholly-owned or affiliated hospitals and emergency departments; rehabilitation services, cancer centers, heart institutes, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, more than 300 physician offices for adults and pediatrics, and 11 urgent care centers in partnership with CareSpot Urgent Care. In FY18, Orlando Health served approximately 167,000 inpatients, more than 2.7 million outpatients, and more than 20,000 international patients. The organization is home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics, and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. Nearly 3,600 physicians have privileges across the system, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with nearly 20,500 employees. Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $620 million in total value to the community in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more. Additional information can be found at www.orlandohealth.com.

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