Sierra Tucson takes proactive measures to combat coronavirus

Sierra Tucson is closely monitoring developments associated with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and is taking all necessary steps to ensure the continued well-being of its patients and their family members, our staff, and anyone who visits the facility.

“We want to emphasize that no one associated with our facility has tested positive for COVID-19,” said Jaime Vinck, CEO of The Sierra Tucson Group. “However, we understand the potential threat that the coronavirus poses to communities throughout the nation, and we will continue to act with all due diligence to protect our patients, staff, and visitors until this epidemic has been eradicated.”

Sierra Tucson’s efforts are guided by the information that is being disseminated by reputable and authoritative sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As part of the Acadia Healthcare network, Sierra Tucson is also benefiting from continued guidance and recommendations from various departments and leadership staff.

At Sierra Tucson, efforts thus far have included steps such as the following:

• Screening patients for infections such as the coronavirus at admission or time of service

• Assessing all resources and practices to ensure that our current infection control plan has the required elements

• Increasing awareness with reminders and reviews of its infection control and prevention practices and procedures with all staff members, and monitoring for compliance

• Communicating with the local health department as well as the WHO and CDC to receive all relevant updates and guidance

• Posting additional informational signs such as hand-washing reminders to increase compliance among staff, patients, family members, and visitors

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Digital Air Strike unveil video retailing program

Digital Air Strike, the leading social media, intelligent lead response and consumer engagement technology company, today unveiled its new Video Retailing Program with White Glove Service to help dealerships handle more steps of prospect conversion, the full sales process, and vehicle servicing utilizing video, virtual messaging, AI, and much more.

The Video Retailing Program allows consumers to do more of their research, shopping, transactions, and even vehicle delivery or servicing leveraging social distancing techniques powered by Digital Air Strike technology.  Dealerships will receive custom graphics, videos, video conferencing, and training to immediately implement exclusive White Glove Services to support any consumers with health concerns while still buying or servicing vehicles.

“First and foremost, our thoughts are with everyone affected by coronavirus. We understand how this pandemic is changing the way consumers want to engage with businesses. In response to that, we are helping our dealers and the automotive industry thrive while concurrently assisting to flatten the curve of this outbreak,” said Alexi Venneri co-founder and CEO of Digital Air Strike. “We are offering our Video Retailing Program at no charge for the next 30 days to all clients, and we will continue to refine and evolve the program to assist with community outreach and reinforce health best practices. It can also help accommodate staff that may need a work-from-home option but still need to assist consumers at the same time.”

The Digital Air Strike Video Retailing Program leverages the company’s Video Logix solution in a very custom way, paired with technology Digital Air Strike has already been providing to its clients while leveraging video conferencing through Facebook Portals or iPads. Through training, custom videos and graphics, as well as campaign and in-dealership best practices, Digital Air Strike has created the automotive industry’s first turnkey program to immediately lessen social contact and provide new ideas to support concepts such as solo test drives, custom walk-around videos, concierge delivery of vehicles for sales and servicing, and much more.

Make-A-Wish receives more than $2.8M through Subaru Share the Love event

Make-A-Wish announced today that the organization has received a donation of more than $2.8 million from Subaru of America, Inc. through the 2019 Subaru Share the Love Event. As part of the twelfth annual event, from Nov. 14, 2019 to Jan. 2, 2020 Subaru donated $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to customers’ choice of four participating national charities, including Make-A-Wish, or one of the retailer’s selected hometown charities.

Make-A-Wish became a national charity partner eight years ago and has received a total of more than $22 million in donations through the Subaru Share the Love Event. These funds have enabled more than 2,400 life-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses nationwide.

Select local Subaru retailers could also choose either one or two hometown charities from their community where customers could direct their support. Twenty-two Subaru retailers chose their local Make-A-Wish chapter, generating additional funds through local donations to help children with critical illnesses replace fear with confidence, anxiety with hope and sadness with joy.

“For the last 40 years, Make-A-Wish has sought to bring every eligible child’s wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey,” said Richard K. Davis, president and CEO at Make-A-Wish America. “Partners like Subaru and the dollars raised through the Subaru Share the Love Event are vital to enabling more life-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses because every child deserves a childhood.”

MeMD launches short-term telehealth offering to help manage COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and its ripple effects on businesses and employees nationwide, national telehealth provider MeMD is now offering short-term options to improve access to high-quality virtual medical and behavioral healthcare. 

The new telehealth offering, called Total Telehealth-Rapid Response, provides 90-day access to virtual telehealth services. Companies can sign on for short-term vs. year or multi-year contracts to address employees’ immediate health needs. Service lines may include urgent care, teletherapy, telepsychiatry, or a combination of medical and behavioral health services.

“With telehealth, we can stem the flow of patients to crowded ERs, mitigate the spread of the virus and still ensure that people get the care they need,” said Bill Goodwin, CEO, MeMD. “Short-term telehealth options make it possible for businesses to navigate a very uncertain time.” 

Total Telehealth-Rapid Response answers the call of healthcare providers and government officials nationwide who are urging Americans with coronavirus symptoms to use telehealth instead of seeking care at emergency rooms. The goal is to ensure patients in need of critical care have unfettered access to healthcare services. 

MeMD members who meet the symptom and/or exposure criteria for coronavirus will be triaged accordingly and directed to undergo testing as appropriate. As with all MeMD urgent care visits, patients whose symptoms indicate other viral or bacterial illnesses like coughs, colds and flu will receive a comprehensive treatment plan, and e-prescriptions when appropriate. 

“There is also growing concern about the mental health implications of the pandemic,” added MeMD Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nick Lorenzo. “The constant spring of information, directives to minimize social contact, feelings of isolation and simply the fear of the unknown are creating stress and anxiety across the globe.” 

To that end, MeMD’s 90-day contracts give employers the opportunity to build in behavioral health benefits to ease the impacts of the virus and its fallout. The Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness reports the virtual model is effective in treating depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues that may spike as the pandemic continues.

With health officials predicting the coronavirus containment efforts could extend into the summer, companies can sign up for the Total Telehealth-Rapid Response offering now through May 31. Options are available for businesses of all sizes and across all industries, and MeMD’s expedited implementation process can have companies up and running in one to four days.

Once implemented, a company’s employees can connect with providers via computer or mobile device for coronavirus screening, treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, or mental or emotional health concerns. Virtual urgent care visits are completed in about 30 minutes, while members seeking behavioral health services can connect with a provider in as few as 48 hours. 

Learn more about MeMD’s Total Health-Rapid Response here.

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