During COVID-19 Pandemic,
Lakeland Regional Health
Opens Respiratory Care Center

Lakeland, FL – As Lakeland Regional Health continues to monitor and be responsive to the COVID-19 pandemic, the health system is pleased to open a temporary Respiratory Care Center in Lakeland on Monday, April 13, 2020.

“The safety and wellbeing of our patients, their families and our community are our highest priorities,” Danielle Drummond, MS, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO Elect. “We are constantly researching, assessing and implementing new and innovative ways to provide the safest and best care for our residents during this COVID-19 pandemic. This Respiratory Care Center provides much-needed specialized care and easy-to-access testing for a segment of our population.” The Respiratory Care Center, transforming the Lakeland Regional Health Pablo Campus at 130 Pablo St, will solely offer care for adults and children ages 2 years and older experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and other acute respiratory symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, nasal congestion). To ensure safety, all team members will be wearing full Personal Protective Equipment and patients will be provided with a mask. Care providers with extensive expertise in treating respiratory symptoms will be examining patients at the Respiratory Care Center.

Both scheduled and walk-in appointments are welcome. Patients will be assigned directly to an examination room upon entering the facility. Those who already have a prescription for COVID-19 testing from their physician are encouraged to call the Respiratory Care Center in advance at 863.284.5000, as testing may be able to be done from the comfort and safety of their vehicles. The Respiratory Care Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. To centralize care, testing will no longer be performed at Lakeland Regional Health’s Gateway Walk-In Care and Lake Miriam Urgent Care.

“The Respiratory Care Center makes care as simple as possible for patients who are experiencing respiratory symptoms during this uncertain time,” said Francisco J. Chebly, MD, Executive Medical Director, Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group. “We also want to protect patients who are visiting our providers with non-COVID-19 ailments and concerns.”

Patients with chronic respiratory conditions, such as Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, should continue to be seen by their regular provider. The Respiratory Care Center is not for care of long-term pulmonary conditions.

To schedule an appointment at the Respiratory Care Center, patients can call 863.284.5000.