Dear Families,

In my 34 years of serving you, this practice has never experienced such a cataclysmic event. Everyone is suffering physically, emotionally, and financially. I will be taking a voluntary 3-month unpaid furlough to help both the practice maintain its financial solvency and protect my own health.

I will be back and I will miss you all terribly.

I want to thank our staff who have courageously shown up, day after day, to serve you at personal risk to themselves. I also want to thank the Partners and the Management Team that has worked at breakneck speed to establish our Telehealth (to better serve our patients – please take advantage of this), but also for their compassion and kindness they’ve exhibited when forced to furlough employees. It makes me very proud to see our practice and its leaders rise to the challenges of today and handle them masterfully.

As a Public Health Advocate, I can’t help but ask the following favors of you:

  1. Practice social (spatial) distancing and wash your hands frequently! Do NOT have face to face play dates or gather in groups. This is more for the protection of people like myself (a 62-year-old asthmatic) and older who can easily end up on a ventilator.
  2. Use your Family’s creative talents and lift others’ spirits virtually! Although we often hear the term “Social Distancing”, think of it more as “Spatial Distancing”. Don’t stop socializing; we all need our support people at this time, just augment how it is done. Use video conferencing, phone calls, texts, and social media.
  3. Teens and parents, please consider posting the following image of my car on your social media accounts with hashtag #AntiVapeMobile. We know vaping and COVID do not mix. We also know that vaping is going to remain a problem long after COVID. Please consider posting the picture of my car – maybe it will catch the attention of an account and go viral like it did last year through Barstool Sports when it was viewed over 104,000 times!

During these stressful times, if you are in need of any support our Behavioral Health Team is ready and willing to help, give them a call.

Lastly, please take care of yourself and be patient with each other.

“This too shall pass”

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
– Mark Twain

Lester Hartman, MD MPH
“Proactive in your child’s care. Empowering families for over 60 years.”

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