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Providing Care in a Crisis

Protocols were immediately put into place for our practice, including curbside check-in for appointments, screening questions for all patients and visitors, and requiring masks.

A Q&A with Dr. Lakeeya Tucker

Dr. LaKeeya Tucker is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, a partner at Alliance Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2002, and the current chief of staff-elect for Sparrow Hospital.

What does a day in your life at Alliance look like?

Throughout the day, between seeing patients in office, I spend time reviewing lab results, fetal nonstress tests, ultrasounds, etc. in order to provide patients with their results in a timely fashion. There is a great deal of communication within the team on patient matters. I have learned the importance of being flexible. As an OB-GYN, we perform operations both in the office and at the hospital. We have a group of physicians that alternate being on call at Sparrow every 1 in 9 nights. We as physicians have the support of our certified nurse midwives, who work both independently and collaboratively with us.

 

How has COVID-19 affected your work and patients?

Our practice administrator, managers and staff have been absolutely amazing in their response to the pandemic. Protocols were immediately put into place for our practice, including curbside check-in for appointments, screening questions for all patients and visitors, and requiring masks. We began using telemedicine visits and still have some support staff working remotely from home.  Alliance continues to be on the forefront of the situation by following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to keep our patients, staff and everyone safe.

 

Are you able to offer much telemedicine in your particular line of work? Has it been successful for you?

Yes, we have been able to offer both e-visits and telemedicine with success. Telemedicine has been a convenient and safe way to comply with the Stay Home, Stay Safe order and still provide our patients with the care they need. Moving forward, telemedicine will continue to be used for patients for whom an exam is not required and those with transportation issues or just a long distance to travel.

 

You’ve made history as the first African American to be elected to serve as chief of staff-elect for Sparrow Hospital. What does that mean to you?

It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve in this role. I have support of the current chief of staff and past chief of staff, support staff, Sparrow leadership, my family, my Alliance family, and the community as I embark on this trailblazing opportunity.

 

Is there anything else that you would like for our readers to know?

I love my career choice and the people that I work with. I have a passion for providing safe and quality care to patients and thoroughly enjoy the variety of my work.

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