UPDATE

 We continue to follow SC DHEC guidance that is updated daily. 

This page will serve as our communication center for any updates regarding Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). 

Hilton Head Office Announcement

Consolidation to One Office

Dear Patients, 


As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, for the time being,  we have decided to consolidate our gynecology practice to work out of only our Bluffton office. It is centrally located in Plantation Park behind Dairy Queen. This allows us to conserve our supplies and work efficiently from one location.


Effective Tuesday, March 31st,  all Hilton Head appointments will be rescheduled to our Bluffton office. All lab and ultra sound services will be provided at our Bluffton office. Daily office hours and staffing will vary as needed to allow us to safely and effectively provide treatment.


Our commitment to your health is a priority. As outlined in the plan below we have taken several steps to ensure that we can continue to provide services during these difficult times. 


We encourage all patients to stay informed of the daily updates from SC DHEC and the CDC for your wellbeing. Practical suggestions and links are provided on this page for your health and wellness. 


We are here to support you.


Stay healthy. 


Tracy Blusewicz, MD 

Katherine Coley, MD

IMPORTANT Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Resource

Our Commitment, Your Health

Dear Valued Patients, 


We wanted to take a moment to speak with all of you about what we are doing and what you should be doing about the COVID-19.  First, we have always had rigorous infection control practices in place to insure our patients' health and safety. In addition to these standard protocols, we have stepped up our disinfection practices of all common areas to several times during the day.


We would also like to ask that if you must be accompanied to your appointment that all friends, relatives and children remain outside during your visit. Only essential support for physically challenged patients will be allowed to join patients inside the office. This allows us to keep our waiting room to a minimum capacity to allow for adequate personal spacing. 


If you do not feel comfortable to be in the waiting room, you may call us at 843-341-9712, from the parking lot,  to let us know that you have arrived at the office and we will check you in and will come out to your car to escort you directly to our treatment rooms for your procedure.  If any member of our staff has had known contact with an affected person or has shown any symptoms, they will not be working in the office until cleared by the appropriate health agency. We have no staff members or patients affected by COVID-19 at this time.


If you have any symptoms or have been exposed to a known case or have traveled overseas in the past 14 days, we ask that you please call us to reschedule your appointment.  These are very uncertain and challenging times for all of us. Your gynecological health and well-being is a very important part of your overall health. We are humbled and grateful that you have entrusted your gyn health to us.  


So for now, we will continue providing treatment as normal. Feel free to call our office with any questions or concerns. We are here for you during these difficult times. 


Stay Healthy, 


Tracy Blusewicz, MD, FACOG

Katherine Coley, MD, FACOG

Amanda Sutherland, MD

Coronavirus Disease 2019

DHEC continues to work with federal, state and local partners to respond to the emerging outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  DHEC's top priority remains protecting public health. Click on the link below for the latest information.

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Practical Suggestions for Your Health.

SC DHEC’s COVID-19 webpage is updated daily with a map of positive cases as well as the most current recommendations for protecting against COVID-19.


In addition to taking daily precautions for preventing against the spread of the disease, residents can take the following preparedness recommendations:


  • Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you become symptomatic
  • If you're sick, stay home from work, school, and public events
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Don’t share personal items
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces
  • Set up a separate room for sick household members
  • Check in with family and friends who live alone, especially those who may be in a high-risk group


Additionally, residents can prepare for a possible illness or quarantine by:

  • Periodically checking regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply at home
  • Having nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins
  • Getting copies and maintaining electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference
  • Talking with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.


Individuals with signs of illness are asked to stay at home and not attend public gatherings. South Carolinians are encouraged to monitor for symptoms, practice social distancing, avoid touching frequently touched items (such as doorknobs and handrails), and regularly wash their hands, especially after being in a public place.


Anyone with concerns about their health should reach out to their healthcare provider. For information about the nationwide response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.gov.

Know How COVID-19 Spreads

Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.


Take steps to protect yourself


Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.


Avoid close contact


Take steps to protect others


Stay home if you’re sick


Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.


Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.


Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include: 

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
    • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

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