Coronavirus (COVID-19): Important information from Sharp
Doctor's office
Enter your doctor's name to get office information.
Find labs in your network
Enter your primary care doctor's name to find labs in your network.
Find urgent care centers in your network
Enter your primary care doctor's name to find urgent care centers in your network.
Verify your medical group

Refer to your insurance card or call your insurance provider to determine your medical group.

You can also search for your primary care doctor to find the medical group you and your doctor belong to.

FollowMyHealth®
Driving Directions
Cart
Update Information
Forgot Password

Please enter your e-mail address.

Sharp Health News

Don’t wait to get medical care when you need it

Oct. 22, 2020

Doctor in mask and face shield talking to patient
COVID-19 has affected us in so many ways over the past seven months. One of the unfortunate byproducts of the pandemic is that many people have delayed getting necessary medical treatment.

“When medical care is delayed, complications arise and the treatments become more intensive as opposed to catching an illness in its early stage or managing a chronic condition to prevent poor outcomes,” says Dr. Phil Yphantides, medical director for Sharp Rees-Stealy Urgent Care Centers.

He notes that at the beginning of the pandemic, urgent care — along with the entire health care system — saw fewer patients as people stayed home to avoid potential exposure to the coronavirus. In addition to not coming in for acute illness, some people also delayed evaluation and treatment of chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), heart failure and thyroid disease.

Dr. Yphantides and his staff have observed a variety of uncontrolled or serious illnesses coming through the urgent care doors resulting from patients putting off seeking care, including pneumonia, diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disease, heart failure and late-diagnosed heart attacks and strokes.

Dr. Yphantides points out that the consequences of delaying necessary care can be disastrous.

“For example, while an early pneumonia can be treated with an easy five-day course of antibiotics, more advanced pneumonia is life-threatening,” he says. “It can often require admission to the intensive care unit of a hospital for respiratory support, many days of IV antibiotics and a prolonged course of recovery that can last weeks to months.”

Meanwhile, uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension significantly increase risk for early heart attacks and strokes, causing life-altering illness or even death, which could have been easily avoided through simple control of these conditions with daily medication.

Dr. Yphantides sends a simple and direct message to patients: get treated today and avoid the consequences. It’s safe to do so, and much safer than going out to the grocery store, gas station or other public places, he notes.

“Safety is our number one priority and we've taken great precautions to ensure everyone's safety and comfort in our urgent cares,” he says.

The precautions taken to ensure patients and care teams remain safe include:
  • Treating patients with COVID-19 symptoms in areas separate from other patients
  • Providing special check-in procedures to reduce face-to-face interactions
  • Health screenings at facility entrances for all patients, doctors and staff
  • Free delivery and curbside pickup at Sharp Rees-Stealy Pharmacies
  • Regular cleaning of facilities and equipment
“Since we deployed our outdoor respiratory clinics in late March, our urgent cares have seen more than 50,000 patients,” says Dr. Yphantides. “Not one of our more than 300 physicians and staff members has contracted COVID-19. With this type of safety record, our patients can feel confident and comfortable knowing they are being treated by an expert team determined to keep others and themselves safe from COVID-19.”

Learn more about how you can access virtual and in-person care at Sharp.

You might also like:

Choose the doctor who's right for you.

At Sharp, we make it easy to find an exceptional doctor — right where you live and work.

All Categories
Contact Sharp HealthCare
Call us

1-800-827-4277

For medical or psychiatric emergencies, call 911 immediately.


Email us

Please do not use this form to convey personal or medical information.

How would you like to be contacted?
Date of birth
Optional


Find other numbers

View our phone directory

What's This?

These important numbers are located on your billing statement.

Find your Sharp Rees-Stealy account number

Find your SharpCare account number

Find your SharpCare account number
What's GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) governs the processing of personal information gathered from individuals while they are in the European Union (EU) and parts of the EEA (European Economic Area, which currently includes Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway).

We are sorry, but we are unable to process hospital price estimates if you live or are travelling within the EU or affiliated nations.

To learn more, call us at 858-499-5901.

What's This?

Many surgery and procedure names sound similar. If possible, please provide the current procedure terminology (CPT) code, which can be found on the order from your doctor.

If you cannot provide the CPT code, please contact your doctor's office for the CPT or a detailed description of services.