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A Message From Our Chief Medical Officer

Dear Spectrum Orthopaedics Patients,

It is likely that you have seen or received communication regarding the recent surge of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the state of Maine. We are closely tracking COVID-19 and the impact it continues to have on healthcare organizations and the communities we serve. Understandably, we know how frustrating and unsettling this news can be. We are not only a team of direct care providers, but we are parents, caregivers, and neighbors.

Below are important reminders about how to stay safe and healthy in the weeks and months ahead.  

What we know

There have been negative impacts to providing care. Healthcare systems continue to care for an unprecedented number of patients. To ensure care is delivered to the most critically ill, hospital systems are reallocating their resources. The distributions to staffing, operating room availability, and the reductions in non-emergency procedures, combined with internal pandemic associated staffing shortages, directly affect our ability to deliver orthopaedic care the way you’ve come to expect from us.

We thank you for your continued patience

Patients reaching out to our practice by phone may experience longer on-hold times, this is also true for scheduling an appointment. Your appointment date and time may be delayed, which we know for many may mean an increase in discomfort. We understand the impact this has to your quality of life.

The challenges of staffing during a pandemic are significant as we take necessary measures to keep all staff and patients safe in the clinic setting. In an effort to help conserve our resources and to promote social distancing efforts, we are once again limiting the number of people who enter the building. At this time only patients with scheduled appointments will be allowed in our offices and waiting areas, unless alternate arrangements are made in advance. All patients are required to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth when in our buildings, including the exam rooms.

We ask for your continued patience and understanding while our staff works hard to deliver the best service to you. Delivering quality orthopaedic care remains our number one priority.

Small things can make a big difference

The most important thing you can do right now is to continue basic safety precautions. For the best protection, please continue to use preventive practices such as, hand washing, sanitizing, social distancing, face masks which cover your mouth and nose while indoors in public places, and getting vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine and/or booster. Vaccination is the best way to avoid serious illness due to a COVID-19 infection.

Our promise to you

By following the preventive steps above, we can make a difference in the circumstances the pandemic has brought to our lives and the lives our families, friends, and communities. We promise to uphold the highest standards of orthopaedic care under these unusual conditions. Please join us in exercising patience, kindness, and grace.

Stay well,

Herbert Cushing, MD
Chief Medical Officer

To learn more about our current safety precautions and screening, click here.