Navigating Women’s Health and COVID-19 Together: A Message from David A. Marcantel, MD, FACOG
We have certainly been through challenging times over these 20 years since Celebration Obstetrics & Gynecology opened its doors. However, nothing has compared to the events that have unfolded over the last 60 days for our practice, our state, our country and the world. Since COVID-19 showed up here just 60 days ago all our lives have changed dramatically.
Since the onset of COVID-19 our practice and its staff have worked tirelessly to keep our doors open and access to healthcare available to all of you. We have implemented new procedures and protocols to keep you safe. We have screening, distance in the reception area, only the patient allowed in the office, efficiency getting you to a room with your provider and a significant change is the addition of Telehealth to our practice. Please make sure to register for our patient portal so that you can request a Telehealth visit when it makes more sense than coming into the office.
We believe well care continues to be an important part of your overall health and well being and we want to make sure you continue with your appointments here and with your other physicians.
Regarding our pregnant patients we want you to know that Advent Health Celebration has had very few cases of COVID-19 and an extremely low number of patients admitted. The hospital has kept any potential COVID-19 patients away from Labor & Delivery, Gynecology and the Pediatric areas.
The best place to have your baby is in the hospital. We have had patients inquire about a home birth and it is important that you know that we do NOT recommend a home birth. A home birth in the U.S. has been associated with a two- to three-fold increase in infant mortality, as well as increased risks associated with medical complications.
We are excited to care for you whether you are here for your annual well visit, coming in for a problem, seeking surgery or you are pregnant! Our practice wants to make sure you have everything you need. We are open and here for you 24/7.
Don’t hesitate to call, email or send a task in the patient portal.
We are proud to have kept 100% of our staff employed during this crisis and we will be here whenever you need us. Remember: wash your hands frequently, keep 6 feet distancing and when appropriate wear a mask to keep you safe from this virus.
David A. Marcantel, MD, FACOG
Celebration Obstetrics and Gynecology, Owner