Community Physician Group – Family Medicine & OB

Dr. Stritzke’s patient called the clinic requesting a prescription for lethal medication to kill himself because he lost all his money in the stock market due to COVID. Katie Smith, LPN kept pt on phone and scheduled him for same-day visit with Dr. Stritzke while messaging Adriana Ramos, MSW who called police for a welfare check. Katie then transferred call to Adriana who kept pt on phone until police arrived. Police ensured pt left home to come to clinic for appt. Dr. Stritzke assessed pt and determined he intended to follow through with suicide as he would not engage in safety planning or agree to go to ER. Dr. Stritzke called police officer back who returned to pt’s home, convinced him to surrender firearm and go with police to St. Pat’s to be admitted to inpatient psych unit.