Spencer Clinic Establishes Separate Respiratory Clinic

posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 in COVID-19

Avera Medical Group Spencer (AMGS) has developed a respiratory clinic which features a separate entrance and is physically separated by a temporary wall from the rest of the clinic space, a plan implemented to isolate patients with potentially infectious illnesses from other patients seeking care.

“COVID – 19 symptoms are similar to influenza, RSV and other upper respiratory illnesses so it’s important to take extra precautions with all patients that present with these symptoms” explained Dr. David Robison, family practice physician at Avera Medical Group Spencer.

Dr. Robison added: “It's important patients call the clinic so our team can assess the appropriate plan of care over the phone, which could be either an appointment in the respiratory clinic or driving up for curb-side testing, or even a virtual visit online.”

Nate McCormick, AMGS clinic manager, said the idea for a separate respiratory clinic originated from a planning session held last week by the physicians and was implemented right away late last week. “It’s working extremely well,” McCormick said. “In fact, other clinics are developing similar care models.”

At this time, walk-in patients are not permitted for any health concern. All patients need to first call – (712) 264-3500 -  and during that conversation, a clinician will recommend the appropriate next steps.