Doctor's Orders: Our Experts Answer Questions About Safety

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By News Team on July 1, 2020

Don't put your health on hold—see us safely. Watch these videos from some of our experts to better understand our efforts to ensure the safety of our patients and employees at every Carilion Clinic facility.

Anthony Baffoe-Bonnie, M.D., medical director of Carilion Clinic's Infection Prevention and Control Department. "We now understand more about coronavirus. We understand how it spreads, and as a result of that, we have been able to put plans into place to bring patients back to see their regular doctors in a very safe manner." 

Joseph W. Baker, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon and chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Carilion: "We're confident that we can provide you the safest environment and highest quality care for your cardiac surgical procedures. We want to assure our patients that we have taken every precaution possible to ensure a safe hospital stay."

Carilion Clinic's Orthopaedic Spine section chief Jonathan Carmouche, M.D., at Roanoke's Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences. "I've been amazed at our community's and our health system's response to this overwhelming pandemic. Most importantly, we are focused on the safety of you—our patients—and the safety of your health care team. Whether it's a hip replacement, carpal tunnel or a spine operation, we're ready to take care of you—safely."

John R. Clements, D.P.M.foot and ankle specialist at Carilion Clinic likened our new safety protocols to the new buildings, doctors and nurses that help us continually expand and improve on the care we offer our patients and the community. "Be confident that under the masks and under the shields are the same doctors and the same nurses who are here to see you safely. On behalf of Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics and Carilion Clinic, welcome back."

William Fintel, M.D., Medical Director of Hematology-Oncology Clinical Services. "I hope you don't have to come here for a long while, but if you do, you'll see some changes. We're taking your safety and our own safety very seriously. As we ramp up, we want you to know we're here for you. We want you back here if you need us, and we're ready to see you safely."

Jason Foerst, M.D., interventional cardiologist and medical director of Carilion Clinic’s Structural Heart and Valve Center, says the goal of our enhanced safety protocols is to ensure the safety of both patients and staff. "We want you to know that it's very safe to be evaluated," he said. "We look forward to seeing you safely."

Joseph Moskal M.D., chair of Carilion Clinic's Department of Orthopaedics, "We understand your concerns and we've taken them seriously. We are excited about welcoming you back and being able to provide you with the care you expect and deserve from all of us."

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