Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people’s fears and anxiety are being compounded by confusion that local healthcare organizations are furloughing staff. Patients are concerned that they won’t be able to receive care – during or after the pandemic subsides – and are having trouble reconciling that medical providers are experiencing a slowdown during a public health crisis. Many are aware that providers are continuing to deliver “essential care,” but don’t necessarily understand what that includes or whether they can safely obtain this care if needed. The below video by Dr. Herbert Cushing, infectious disease expert and Chief Medical Officer at Spectrum Healthcare Partners, was created to provide guidance and other resources to help patients, providers, and communities on timely healthcare topics.
About Dr. Herbert Cushing:
Dr. Cushing is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He served in a variety of leadership positions at Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health, including serving for more than a decade as dean of students for the medical school, medical director of the multi specialty physician group practice plan and Chief Medical Officer of Indiana University Hospital. He has served as Chief Medical Officer at Temple University Hospital and he currently serves as Chief Medical Officer at Spectrum Healthcare Partners.
Dr. Cushing’s undergraduate degree is from M.I.T. and he graduated from medical school at the State University of New York, Upstate.