The past few months have turned our lives inside out and upside down in ways we never could have imagined. Many people have stepped up to help others in need. That help comes in many forms. They are the police officers, ambulance crews, and firefighters who continue to respond to emergencies, keeping our communities safe, often at risk to themselves. They are our loved ones sending care packages and the mail carriers that deliver them to our doors. Grocery store workers who are putting themselves at risk simply by going to work to make sure that our community has food. They are teachers who have transformed their lesson plans from in-person to online, ensuring that they are still providing effective instruction. They are volunteers who are, literally, giving of their own blood and plasma, donating supplies, and making masks on their own dime and their own time. And let’s not forget the countless others that we each consider “essential” in their own way. It is important that we show our appreciation to all of them, those that helped us personally and those that helped the greater community-at-large.
On a personal note, I know firsthand how overwhelming and stressful this has been and I am so thankful to my wonderful and dedicated staff who assisted me in caring for our patients throughout. We stayed open to serve our patient's urgent dermatological needs in order that they could avoid going to the emergency room and be put at risk. Additionally, I want to thank my staff for "paying it forward" to others in need during this challenging time. I have always appreciated my staff, but their actions over the past few months have truly deepened that appreciation and I thank them for their efforts. My last show of appreciation is to all of you, our patients, who continue to trust us with your care. Please know that we are here for you when you need us.
Until next time,