Executive Director Message

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As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19, your health and safety remain our top priority. We are continuing radiation therapy for our patients, including proton therapy, IMRT and SBRT, with extra measures in place to ensure your well-being.

We are in regular contact with public health officials and University of Florida Health experts on the latest information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for reducing the risk of infection. It is our goal to share information and changes that we make as conditions develop and we adapt to protect patients and staff.

As always, I am grateful for the hard work and commitment our team has shown in protecting not only themselves and their families, but their patients and coworkers as well. I appreciate everyone’s cooperation as we all work together to “flatten the curve” and minimize the threat posed by COVID-19.

Thank you and stay safe.

Stuart L. Klein

Executive Director

New Safety Measures at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute

New Safety Measures at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute

New, enhanced safety measures are in place at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute to ensure every staff member and patient is protected from the threat of COVID-19. We have enacted the following policies:

Limiting Visitors and Caretakers

  • Limit of one caretaker per patient during consult appointments only
  • Caretakers, other than for pediatric patients, are asked to remain outside for all other appointments
  • No children under the age of 12 allowed, unless they are the patient
  • Minimize the amount of supplies you bring into the building
  • Arrive no more than 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time
  • Leave the building when your appointment is done, please don’t linger
  • On-treatment visits and follow-up visits will be conducted over the phone, unless your case requires a physical examination

Pre-screening

  • Please call 904-588-1800 before you come for your cancer treatment if you have any of the following:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Exposure to someone with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis
    • Traveled outside of the United States in the last 14 days
    • Traveled on a cruise ship in the last 14 days
  • When you arrive at the Institute, you and your caretaker will be screened before you enter the building

Cleaning and Sanitizing

  • Increased the frequency of cleaning facilities and equipment, including high-touch surfaces such as door handles, elevator buttons, reception desk and lobby furniture
  • Added more hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the building
  • Reminding all staff, patients and caretakers to practice good hygiene
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content
    • Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth

If you have any questions or concerns, please call 904-588-1800 and ask to speak to Brad Robbert. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation, and look forward to providing you with the best of care during this challenging time.

Steps to Protect Your Family

Protecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones

Now, more than ever, it is important to protect your health and safety, and that of your loved ones. Outside of your visits to UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, there are steps you can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here’s how:

Wash Your Hands

Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, sneezing, coughing or being in a public space.

Don’t Touch Your Face

Especially your nose, mouth and eyes. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue whenever possible, or your elbow, if necessary. Wash your hands immediately after.

Practice Social Distancing

Avoid crowds and close contact with people who are sick, keeping a distance of about 6 feet.

Prepare

Stock up on supplies like over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, household items and groceries. Patients: Determine who can provide you with care should your caretaker get sick.

Sanitize Your Space

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home and car, and avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places. Use a tissue or sleeve to cover your finger if you have to touch something.

 

For additional guidance, go to the official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: www.cdc.gov

About This Newsletter

The Precision Newsletter is an electronic-only publication that is distributed by email. Each issue is sent monthly to patients, alumni patients and friends of the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute. As the official newsletter of the Institute, the content is compiled and prepared by our communications representative and approved by the editor Stuart Klein, executive director of UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. Special bulletin newsletters may occasionally be prepared when timely topics and new developments in proton therapy occur. If you would like to send a Letter to the Editor, please click here.

 

Keep In Touch

It is easy to stay in touch with us online at floridaproton.org . Look at the top right corner of the homepage for Facebook , Twitter and YouTube icons, click and join us in the social media conversation. Also on the right side of the homepage there is a button for VTOC Patient Portal . Click here to open your secure account, view your records, complete clinical trial questionnaires and communicate with your nurse case manager.

 

Knowing how you are feeling during and after treatment is essential to providing you the best care possible and contributes to the care of future patients.