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Protecting Physician Families

Monday, April 20, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: DCMA
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Dear DCMA Membership,
The DCMA and Dade County Medical Foundation, Inc. Boards of Directors are extremely pleased to launch the Protecting Physician Families Campaign.   
The DCMA is extremely proud of the physicians throughout our community that are standing up to COVID-19 and rendering compassionate care in the face of the extreme challenge posed by this virus.  
We also know that your families are standing with you throughout these fearful and exhausting times.  
The Dade County Medical Foundation, Inc. would like to recognize this shared sacrifice and the role your families are playing  by making sure your loved ones have access to free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We recognize the importance of families being together during these troubling times and hope this effort will help in some small way.

Program Overview & Participation
We are pleased to have financial support from some of our business partners and logistical support from local medical students to make this project possible. Since we have limited supplies, we hope to direct most of these free resources to our members that are actively treating COVID-19 patients or those that may have concerns about their own exposure to the virus. 
The program is simple:
  1. Register Your Family by clicking here.
  2. Provide your cell number, zip code, and number of family members at home needing PPE.
  3. We will text the time and location of the distribution points throughout the community over the coming weeks.
  4. Our staff and volunteer medical students will be onsite and will verify your registration, the number of family members at home, and load your PPE supplies in the trunk.
  5. We are planning to provide  each family member in your house with 2 KN-95 Masks and 4 Surgical Masks.

Background of the Protecting Physician Families Campaign
The DCMA has partnered with several other medical associations in Florida to create a supply chain ensuring our physician practices can purchase the PPE they need to continue to stay open and render care to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we rolled out the project, we started receiving a significant number of small orders for masks being placed by physicians who work for local health systems and institutions. It was puzzling at first given the greater likelihood that physicians in the larger systems would have access to more supplies than those in the community. Then one evening, we received a text from one of our physician members, whose spouse, a trauma surgeon, just came home from an extremely busy shift at the Trauma Center. He was looking to order some masks and safety goggles so they could protect each other while at home together.
Clarity immediately emerged. These small orders were coming from physicians serving on the front line that are selflessly leading the fight against COVID-19 and providing compassionate care to the sickest of the sick. Yet when they come home at night, they face the very real fear that their family is at heightened risk and sharing this fight along with them. Even with the assurance of knowing best practices to avoid the spread of disease to their loved ones, the gravity, emotional, and mental strain of the situation is shared throughout the family.
The next day, our organization launched the Protecting Physician Families initiative. Armed with financial donations from some of our generous business partners, and the logistical support of local medical students, we crafted a plan to set up distribution locations to provide free PPE to spouses and children of our members who are providing direct care to infected patients.
We hope in some small way this program can provide comfort to our physicians, thank them for their service, and recognize the sacrifices their spouses and children are also making in this ongoing fight against COVID-19.

We appreciate the opportunity to continue serving our members. We hope you will consider registering for the project.