CEO COVID-19 Update
May 13, 2020
I am pleased to announce that the Pasadena Villa Psychiatric Treatment Network has partnered with several COVID-19 testing partners to bring testing on our campuses. COVID-19 is a virus that will take a while to fully eradicate, therefore we needed a sustainable intervention to keep our employees, current clients, and future clients guarded. We are proud to be a national leader in delivering superior psychiatric care and will continue to invest in measures to be able to provide this essential health benefit.
At The Villa Orlando, we have engaged Aventus Health to provide testing for new staff and clients, and United Clinical Laboratory to provide testing for all current clients and staff. At Smoky Mountain Lodge, we have engaged American Family Care to provide testing for new staff, new clients, current clients, and staff. The Abbott Platform testing for SARS-Co2 uses oropharyngeal swabs to bring real-time, qualitative PCR based instrument to obtain positive and negative results within 15 minutes.
We will continue to encourage and support all our employees to stay home if sick, quarantine proactively if exposed to COVID-19, and test negative before returning to work. Our contracts for testing will make this even easier and more accessible.
Since March 5, 2020, Pasadena Villa Psychiatric Treatment Network has focused on employee and client health and well-being during COVID-19. Much has changed since we began this journey. As new updates and guidance are provided through The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local public health authorities, we have continued to adjust our operation and adopt these recommendations within our environment of care. The action started small and simple and continues to evolve. Below is a high-level list of actions that have contributed to our success in keeping our services safe and available:
- Obtained cleaning and protective health equipment
- Educated all employees and clients on standard precautions and sanitation
- Closed campus, limiting visitors
- Began health screening on employees, clients and all essential visitors to campus
- Changed the admission criteria and procedure to include screening for COVID-19
- Created isolation space for clients supported with virtual and live sessions
- Comprehensive approach to social distancing on and between campuses
- Discontinued interacting within community venues carrying exposure risks
- Introduced masking and educated on mask care with employees and clients
- Brought real-time, qualitative PCR based testing to campus for all staff, clients and new admissions and employees
These actions build upon one another to create a web of protection. It would not be possible without our staff banding together to make our response happen. Our nurses, physicians, mental health counselors, psychologists, licensed therapists, dietitians, yoga instructor, music and recreation therapists, and all in leadership have committed themselves to help our current and future clients have access to hope and healing in their recovery.