The physicians and staff of Unity Surgical Center (USC) place your health and safety as our top priority. We closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and follow recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), and the Tippecanoe County Health Department (TCHD). We provide outpatient surgical care following safety protocols to protect patients, their families, and our staff. Before entering Unity Surgical Center, all individuals (patients, visitors, staff, physicians) are screened for temperature, exposure, and symptoms of COVID (see SCREENING below). If patients have any screening signs or symptoms of COVID-19 they may be asked to have a pre-operative COVID test. Any patient testing positive or who is suspect for active COVID-19 will have their surgery deferred. For all USC patients we use appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE – including masks, eye shields, hand hygiene, etc.) and use social distancing whenever possible. USC follows frequent and extensive cleaning protocols for all areas of the surgery center and 23-hour suites. Please contact us through this website or call us at 765-446-5000 if you have any questions or concerns about your surgery or our precautions for COVID-19.
SCREENING: Every patient that is scheduled for surgery at Unity Surgical Center will be screened with questions prior to the day of surgery as well as upon entry to the building. The screening questions include presence of fever, cough, difficulty breathing, body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell, or COVID -19 exposure. Prior to the day of surgery, these questions may be asked by phone or text. If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, please call (765-446-5000) for further evaluation and instructions. If after hours, please call your surgeon’s office. Patients will also have their temperatures checked prior to entering the surgery center. COVID-19 testing (nasal swabs) may also be required of patients pre-operatively as above. Visitors will be screened on the day of the procedure as well.
VISITORS/DRIVERS: All visitors will also be screened with questions and a temperature check prior to admission into the surgery center. Any visitor with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or known to be COVID positive will be asked to remain outside of the surgery center. We ask that visitors who pass screening follow all masking and social distancing requirements while in the lobby and patient care areas, regardless of vaccination status. If the patient’s accompanying family member or driver does not come into the surgical center as a visitor, or if they choose to leave the center during the procedure, we ask that they remain accessible by cell phone and stay in the close vicinity of USC. We will be happy to provide phone updates and discharge instructions.
MASKS FOR PATIENTS AND VISITORS: For the safety of all our patients, visitors, and staff, we ask everyone to please wear a mask continuously while in the facility. Patients and visitors should have a mask on when entering the building, and after screening questions and temperature check, a surgical mask will be provided.
Thank you for your understanding and compliance with these precautions.
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Medical Degree, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
Orthopaedic Surgery, Botsford Hospital, Farmington Hills, MI (Affiliated with Michigan State University)
Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS)
Specialized Fellowship Training in Sports Medicine combined with primary and revision Joint Replacement Surgery, Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, P.A., Durham, NC
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics (AOAO)
American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
International Congress for Joint Reconstruction (ICJR)
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)
Dr. Virkler pursued specialized fellowship training in sports medicine combined with primary and revision joint replacement surgery at Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, P.A. He gained further experience in the muscle sparing anterior approach total hip replacement and partial knee replacements utilizing minimally invasive approaches.