Kurion Thott, MD
Chair, Communications & Education
The year 2020 will go down in history as one of the major sentinel events
of our current time. As many of you likely feel, similar to me, that this
has been the longest year so far. We started this year with the aspirational
hopes of a new decade upon us only to quickly have to pivot to our basic
clinical skills in caring for members of our community as the COVID-19
crisis came upon us. Then our society as a whole had to face the grim
reality of racial biases and forced some of us to ask ourselves what we
in healthcare have known for years, that there is disparity in our society
and now what can I as a clinician do about it to have a positive impact?
I mention the above as part of our Communication and Education Committee
update as an important reminder that steady flow of communication is essential
for us at all times but never more so during difficult ones. The Mary
Washington Health Alliance has worked alongside the MWHC leadership in
making sure our members were able to access and get timely information
regarding COVID-19 and to regularly update our members on how they could
navigate this crisis at the practice level. We were able to get insights
both high level and granular regarding telehealth and billing so that
practices could mitigate the financial implications of a national shut down.
Every one of us has been impacted in some way by these recent events, both
professionally and personally. But we have also risen to the challenge
as a community of clinicians to support, guide and be leaders in our own
way. As we are still not past the COVID-19 pandemic we as a committee
are committed to bringing our membership up to date information, and as
we have learned, situations like these are fluid and change day to day.
A few months ago, we did our first ever virtual annual meeting and heard
from our members how much they appreciated how we were communicating with
them. We are continuously exploring communication methods to enhance and
not distract our members. Currently newsletters like this, Dr. Lewis’
monthly update, and our annual report is the mainstay of communication
and education to our Alliance. However, there are other events like PCP
Forums and Business Manager Forums that also help to get more detailed
and specialty specific information disseminated. We also use Tiger Connect
to get more urgent information to our Alliance when needed and we encourage
everyone to sign up and use this technology to stay connected. Our committee
and others are looking for those members who are looking to become involved
and share their input. If you are interested in serving on this or other
committees reach out to Travis Turner or Dr. Rick Lewis for more details.
I’ll end this with some final thoughts, we as a network and medical
community are stronger when we are able to work alongside together toward
our goal of quality patient care regardless of pandemic or societal unrest.
As physicians we are all leaders in our own way in this community and
times like these creates leaders in all of us.