The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes and challenges to health care, but Goshen Physicians remains committed to increasing access to care in our communities.
Responding to the pandemic, Goshen Physicians opened its COVID-19 testing site on March 13, 2020 and continued to expand testing locations throughout the year. Over 27,000 tests have been completed within the health system. Goshen Physicians also partnered with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to host a COVID-19 testing site in Nappanee and open a COVID-19 vaccine clinic. The vaccine clinic opened on December 18, 2020 and over 9,000 vaccines have been administered.
In 2020, Goshen Physicians hired five specialists, expanding specialty care in gastroenterology, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics/sports medicine and pediatrics. In addition, four new primary care providers joined the 16-office network of family medicine locations.
In 2021, Goshen Physicians plans to add new specialty care services, including endocrinology and expansion of the orthopedics and sports medicine provider team.
"This growth in our provider team comes at a critical time when delivery of quality health care in our community is vitally important," said Beau McNeff, Vice President, Goshen Physicians and Cancer Services. "We are honored by the trust patients in our community have with Goshen Physicians to meet their health needs, whether it's in person or through telemedicine."
In March 2020, Goshen Physicians launched virtual visits to give patients a safe, convenient way to talk with their healthcare providers without leaving home. Patients scheduled more than 20,000 virtual visits with Goshen Health providers last year.
"Medical checkups and routine care are important, particularly for people who are diabetic, have high blood pressure or other chronic conditions," said Dr. David Coil, Medical Director, Goshen Physicians. "With virtual visits, we have yet another tool to help our patients stay healthy.”
In the summer of 2020, pain management providers joined the orthopedics team to offer patients one-stop access to care. In preparation for flu season, Goshen Physicians hosted five drive-thru flu shot clinics to increase convenience and safety for community members.
At the close of 2020, Goshen Physicians purchased a property for a new family medicine office in Elkhart on the corner of CR 17 and CR 14 /Middlebury St. Construction completion is anticipated for late November 2021.The new office will accommodate six primary care providers. In addition, specialty providers will offer appointments at this location.
“This prime location in Elkhart gives our community convenient access to the exceptional care our providers offer,” said Randy Christophel, President and CEO of Goshen Health. “We look forward to welcoming patients of all ages who live or work in the area.”