Dear Friends of the Clinic:
We have always known that we have an exceptional community, and this time is no different. We are being called on – each and every one of us – to make sacrifices, to think of others, and to be creative in how we cope with trying times.
I know that you’re up to the challenge. So are we.
Here’s what we’re doing currently, and recognize that this is a fluid situation.
- We have temporarily closed the Pink Door Resale Shop to keep our team and the community healthy.
- We are temporarily suspending some services – dental, physical therapy and community outreach – while reducing and consolidating schedules.
- We will be prioritizing patient needs (including medication) and addressing those on an individual basis.
- Many of our dedicated staff will be working remotely.
- We are suspending our in person Gala – although we are considering continuing our online auction in mid April. (and we’ll have the same theme next year, so put those flannels in a safe place!!!!)
So many people have reached out to ask what they can do to help. I am beyond grateful.
So here’s what you CAN do:
Do NOT spread rumors, online myths or ‘letters from a sister of a friend of a friend’. Instead, spread truth, kindness and joy.
Pledge to limit your information intake. Checking the news, internet and paper is wonderful – do it three times a day. But don’t leave your TV news on blaring in the background. Your anxiety and those around you will rise exponentially.
Put the following websites onto your ‘favorites’ bar –
McHenry County Department of Health: https://www.mchenrycountyil.gov/county-government/departments-a-i/health-department/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
Illinois Department of Health – http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
And, if you’re a data geek, this is a real time map of the cases worldwide (from Johns Hopkins): https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
Lastly, please constitute to support – and perhaps increase support – to non profits in our community who are dealing with those who are marginalized. Many of these organizations do not receive state or federal funding, and will not be included in emergency funding measures. They need dollars to support their mission in this critical time. They also need dollars to support their staff who are working diligently to keep things going.
Thank you all who are heeding this call for sacrifice and creative thinking. We are always stronger together.
Suzanne Hoban, ED
Pat Montemurro, Clinical Manager
Patty Nevarez, Office Manager
Carrie Holtz, Finance Manager
Staff and Board of Family Health Partnership Clinic