Message from GW Medicine

March 15, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic evolving rapidly, our priority remains the health and safety of our patients and our caregivers - from providers to staff. As a medical enterprise, we at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the GW Medical Faculty Associates and the GW Hospital, are working in lock-step to minimize the risk of exposure and spread of this virus to our patients and providers. As expected since healthcare providers are on the frontlines of this pandemic, we want to make you aware that we now have providers who have tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, the providers affected are in self-isolation and are doing well.

"In each case, we have followed the appropriate protocols of testing, self-isolation, and have contacted those who may have been exposed to them including patients and staff," said Barbara L. Bass, MD, Vice President for Health Affairs, dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and CEO of the GW Medical Faculty Associates. "We will be launching telehealth options for patients and rescheduling elective procedures and visits to make sure that we can keep our GW community, our patients, and all the people in our great capital region healthy and safe."

"Our goal is to continue to provide the highest quality care to our patients at our clinics and within our hospital but also to protect our caregivers" said Kimberly Russo, CEO and Managing Director of the GW Hospital. "We will continue to take actions to optimize the care of our hospitalized patients and support our community. Current efforts include restricting visitors to our facility, increasing COVID-19 testing capability, and postponing all upcoming elective surgeries for the near term in an effort to protect our patients and to limit the rate of spread of infection within the community.” a