Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic continues to be open to serve uninsured people in our community during this pandemic.
CCVIM is now having in-person appointments, for both existing and new patients. All our patients will have the option to continue using telehealth, if that is practical.
As everyone is aware, the circumstances due to COVID-19 keep changing as we learn. Because CCVIM is a partner in taking care of your health, we need to be cautious while providing the care that you need. We will need to adapt to the changes and update everyone here on this page.
Please contact CCVIM at 570-752-1780 with any questions or problems, or to schedule a phone, virtual, or an in-person appointment.
In order to protect the health of all our patients, our staff, and our community, we will continue to use extra precautions to address COVID-19 in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. We appreciate your cooperation.
This is what to expect:
Before, or at, every appointment, our patients will be asked to answer the questions on this form:
Continued precautions for public health will be required at CCVIM:
CCVIM has a doorbell, and someone will be answering phones from inside, but the door to the clinic will remain locked, even during business hours. Patients may still pick up supplies or medications, but will need to make an appointment first. There will be no “drop ins” without a scheduled appointment. Patients will be asked to wait in their car instead of the waiting room. Our clinic is small, so this will help to keep everyone 6 feet apart.
Only one patient will be in the clinic at a time. Patients are asked to arrive at their scheduled appointment time only. Patients will be scheduled with enough time in between appointments, so there will be no contact between them. This also gives staff time to do thorough disinfection cleaning of our facility to protect the next patient. Only the patient themselves will be allowed to enter the clinic to attend the appointment, unless a patient needs supportive assistance from a caregiver, or translator. Please make staff aware of any such needs before the appointment, and inform your support person, who will need to agree to the same conditions.
To enter CCVIM, each person is required to wear a cloth mask, including all patients, visitors, and employees. These can be home-made or purchased, but if you don’t have a mask, we will provide one for you at your appointment.
All patients, visitors, and staff will be screened for fever by taking their temperature in the lobby before entering.
Patients will then be asked to utilize the provided sink and supplies for 20 second handwashing before entering the exam rooms. Staff will do the same before each appointment.
Multiple times a day, CCVIM will be more thoroughly cleaning, following CDC-reccomended disinfecting protocols after each patient, in addition to weekly deep-cleaning.
Telehealth appointments will be continue to be offered where practical. You will get the same great care, only virtually, and from the comfort and safety of your own home. Patients who are at higher risk of infection, with chronic health conditions, are encouraged to use this service. First, contact the clinic to make a “virtual appointment.” You will only need a computer, tablet, or smartphone with a camera, and access to the internet.. There is nothing to download. CCVIM is using a HIPAA-compliant videochat program. A few minutes before the appointment time, on your device, go to: https://doxy.me/CCVIM and enter your name. It’s that easy!
If you are experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath, first of all, DON’T PANIC! There are many other causes, including the flu, sinus infections, or even seasonal allergies. Patients with no insurance can continue to call CCVIM if you are concerned, but be aware, no in-person appointments for respiratory symptoms or fever will be given at CCVIM at this time. Anyone with any respiratory symptoms will be asked to use the telehealth option.
Because testing for COVID-19 is not available here at the clinic, the best way to take care of the health of all our patients, our staff, and our community, is to get people who may possibly be infected with this virus directly to the appropriate resource for prompt evaluation and treatment. The best place at this time is NOT CCVIM Clinic. Instead, Geisinger Health has a COVID-19 Hotline to call for evaluation. Their number is 570-284-3657.