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MidMichigan offers virtual health clinic – ambulatory testing center opens in Alpena today

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MidMichigan Health has launched its first virtual health clinic in an effort to reduce illness exposure and support the volume of community members seeking COVID-19 testing and direction.

The new program helps to provide on demand patient initiated virtual visits through a centralized location.

“Through the Virtual Health Clinic, patients can be referred for a virtual visit by their primary care doctor, specialty clinic, Urgent Care or Emergency Department,” said Tom Wood, M.B.A., B.S.N., R.N., director of trauma and telemedicine. “They can also get a virtual visit without a referral by calling the Virtual Health Clinic directly. Their symptoms are assessed, questions are answered and instructions for further treatment are given.”

Wood went on to say that MidMichigan is also creating the ability to connect patients to their specialist or primary care for non-coronavirus related visits.

In conjunction with the virtual health clinic, MidMichigan is launching Ambulatory Testing Centers. “During the brief appointment, patients remain in their car while a member of the MidMichigan Health care team meets them at the tent and tests for influenza and other illness at the physician’s discretion,” said Paul Berg, M.D., M.H.A., president, MidMichigan Physicians Group. “A nasal swab is also collected for COVID-19 testing. Those patients are then sent to their homes to remain in quarantine until their test results are reported to them.”

The Alpena ambulatory testing center opens Wednesday at Family Medicine, which is located at 211 Long Rapids Road.

Those wishing to make an appointment through the MidMichigan Virtual Health Clinic may call 888-591-0500.