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ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT OFFICE VISITS
The number of patients seen will be at a reduced amount. NO "squeeze in" or "walk in" patients. We are confident that patients can be seen safely and efficiently. STRICT protective measures are in place for BOTH patients and staff. NO patient with a fever, influenza-like illness or suspected COVID-19 symptoms will be physically seen at our office. When indicated a telemedicine video consultation can be arranged.
THINK YOU MAY HAVE, OR HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO THE CORONA VIRUS?
Symptoms associated with COVID-19
- Fever (>100.4) or feverish
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion and runny nose
- Shortness of breath
- Unusual fatigue
- Body aches
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of smell or taste
IF YOU ARE SICK:
- Stay at home and do not go to work if you are sick.
- Avoid socializing. Maintain social distancing. Take this seriously.
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water often.
- Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer like Purell often.
- Keep your hands away from your face (mouth, nose and eyes).
- Cough into your elbow.
- Wear a mask if you are coughing and around others.
- Avoid shaking hands. Use a fist or elbow bump.
- Try to maintain a 6 foot distance from others if you are sick.
- Wipe down surfaces using Clorox/Lysol (or equivalent) wipes.
- AVOID USING IBUPROFEN for fever or body aches. Tylenol is safe and effective.
SYMPTOMS THAT REQUIRE OUR ATTENTION:
- shortness of breath; wheezing, difficulty breathing
- persistent pain, tightness or pressure in your chest
- Persistent significant fevers of over 100 and heart rate over 100
- persistent cough especially if productive of thick yellow or green phlegm.
- new confusion or inability to arouse
- bluish lips or face.
- Inability to hydrate or eat appropriately, decreased urine output
- Inability to care for oneself at home
QUARANTINE VS ISOLATION : HOW LONG?
US health officials on 12/27/21 cut isolation restrictions for Americans who catch the coronavirus from 10 to five days, and similarly shortened the time that close contacts need to quarantine.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said the guidance is in keeping with growing evidence that people with the coronavirus are most infectious in the two days before and three days after symptoms develop.
DO YOU WANT A DIGITAL COPY OF YOUR VACCINATION STATUS?
Belmont Medical Associates
725 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
A little about ourselves.......
Established in 1977 by recently retired Drs. Ranere and Shushan, we are currently an eleven physician primary care group practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The physicians are all board certified and include:
- Edward M. Kowaloff, MD (5th floor)
- Trevor H. Kaye, MD (6th floor)
- Deneen E. Pelletier, MD (6th floor)
- Olga V. Minkoff, MD (6th floor)
- Gabriel Szentpaly, MD (6th floor)
- Nancy Tran, MD (6th floor)
- Michael Nelson, MD (5th floor)
- Hiromichi Miyashita, MD (5th floor)
- Dinah Gorelik, MD (6th floor)
- Naris Ghazarians, MD (5th floor)
- Martha N. Martents, MD (6th floor)
- Christopher Schultz, MD (starting in September)
- Samuel Maghuyop, MD (starting in September)
In addition we have three nurse practitioners:
- Anna Ost, NP (6th floor)
- Krystal Babalas, NP (3rd floor in Endocrinology dept))
- Elizabeth B. Shortsleeve, NP (6th floor)
We also function as a multi-specialty group practice with many of the specialist services offered either in our office or in our building. For a complete list of these services check the links on the left or click on here directly.
- Our goal is to provide you with key, ongoing preventive medicine services as well as with treatment when you do get sick. As internists, we're the first line of care, assessing overall health, providing initial treatment and working with specialists to diagnose and treat complex problems. If you do need to consult with us for a "sick" visit, appointments are typically available on a same-day basis. "Non-emergency sick visits" can be made within 48 hours. "Well-care" visits can be scheduled within several weeks. We emphasize routine visits to monitor your medical concerns, whether through regular physical examinations or scheduled follow-up visits for issues such as hypertension and diabetes.
- On August 1, 2017 we switched our EHR to the EPIC system which has an electronic health portal which allows patients to view their lab results and now most of their medical record.
- BMA is affiliated with Mount Auburn Hospital, a Harvard Medical teaching hospital, for inpatient admissions and other hospital-based services, and with the Mount Auburn network of physicians - MACIPA - for specialty consultations and referrals. We use dedicated full time "hospitalists" to oversee the care of our inpatients and they keep us updated during the course of a hospitalization. We in turn communicate with them about your medical history and unique issues that we are aware of.
- The office is staffed 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday - Friday.
- A physician is on-call for EMERGENCY ADVICE after regular office hours daily. Please don't expect the on call physician to fill routine prescriptions or to obtain lab results.