Welcome back Dr. Jackie!
I’m happy to share that Dr. Phillips (aka Dr. Jackie) has returned from her maternity leave (baby #3!) and it has been a treat having her smile and energy back in the office. Please join me in welcoming her back (and welcoming little Eloise into our world)!
In other news that has been brewing for even longer than 9 months, the State of California has changed their mask guidelines and requirements such that, effective April 3, 2023, our office is no longer requiring masks to be worn by either staff or patients. Patients and staff can still choose to wear a mask if this is their preference.
Of course, everything is a bit more nuanced in a doctor’s office. For children under the age of 1, whose immune systems are still very much developing, their doctor and medical assistant will continue to wear a mask. In addition, for any patient choosing to still wear a mask, we will respect this choice by asking if they would like their The Village Doctor team to wear a mask as well. Lastly, all of this can flex based on the degree of infection risk in our community. We will be monitoring the Kinsa HealthWeather map, if risk rises to “high”, we will reinstitute our mask wearing policy. Note that Kinsa combines the best available datasets (CDC, Johns Hopkins University, NYTimes, and a network of smart thermometers distributed over 2.5 million households) to determine our local illness risk.
As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Eric Weiss, MD, April 6, 2023.
PEDIATRIC SEASONAL ALLERGIES
With spring and summer just around the corner, it’s important to know what to look out for and what treatment options are available to help manage symptoms.
LUNG CANCER AWARENESS
Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer affecting millions of people a year, but developments in lung cancer research and treatment are providing new hope for individuals with lung cancer.
Time for my annual, and proud, shout out to Cathy Quon and her fundraising efforts for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Her words tell her story best:
“As a 21-year survivor, I am proud that Team Quon has participated in PurpleStride for over 13 years and raised over $370,000 for this important cause. In 2022, we were honored to be recognized as the Fundraising Team of the Decade by the San Francisco Affiliate. That same year, we raised over $38,000 thanks to friends, family, and colleagues like you. Team Quon’s goal: raise $500,000 for PanCan by 2027.
I’m going to help make progress, with your support.
On April 29, I’m participating in PanCAN’s nation-wide PurpleStride to raise funds for life-changing programs and services benefitting pancreatic cancer patients and their families.
Every dollar you give means more patients can benefit from PanCAN’s free, one-on-one support, personalized information, service, and resources that can make a real difference in their lives.
Please make a gift of any size to get me one step closer to my fundraising goal and improving more patients’ lives. Thank you for your support.”
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Yours, in health and resilience,
Eric and the TVD MD team…