Elissa Love and Isabel Valdez
During the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic, these two awardees combined efforts to help implement and staff a telehealth-based clinic for COVID-19 positive patients. This program was initially developed a joint project within General Internal Medicine and Pulmonary aimed at allowing over-burdened hospitals to transition patients with COVID-19 to the ambulatory setting in a safe and carefully monitored manner. However, under their leadership, the program quickly evolved into a collaborative across multiple departments and affiliates working to reduce disease burden, minimize the need for hospitalization, and decrease length of stay for COVID-positive patients.
They have spent countless hours developing scheduling and care delivery workflows, educating multidisciplinary physician, physician assistant, and nurse partitioner colleagues on the frequent COVID-19 care recommendation changes, coordinating with affiliates to ensure limited resources would be available for patients who need them most, and delivering care directly to patients. This program has proven highly successful and has delivered over 1,000 telehealth visits to patients with COVID.
In addition, both awardees are highly motivated and dynamic collaborators who consistently demonstrate remarkable leadership skills and serve as role models for PAs at Baylor College of Medicine. Both have a long history of participating in the education of students at the School of Health Professions and beyond.