Desert Radiology Reinforces Commitment to Safeguarding Patients, Team Members, and Community
By: Matt Grimes, Senior Vice President and COO of Desert Radiology
As we enter 2021, Desert Radiology is continuing to stay committed to the safety of our patients and team members with strict COVID-19 protocols. The health and well-being of our patients, staff and the community at large has always driven every decision we make, which is why we at Desert Radiology encourage everyone to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
We understand how vital the health of our team members is to our patients and their care. According to the CDC, as of Dec. 3 there were more than 249,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases among medical workers in the nation, and just over 790 deaths among health care personnel as of November 9, 2020. Medical workers across the nation and globe are more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 than the general public and so it becomes critical to the vitality of our medical system that these workers safeguard themselves.
As healthcare leaders and as a pillar in our community, we hope to set an example and motivate not just our teammates but all members of our Southern Nevada community to receive the vaccination to safeguard their health and the health of those around them.
By encouraging vaccinations among our team members, we hope to further strengthen our COVID-19 protocols designed to lessen the chances of transmission. As a leading outpatient imaging practice with 11 facilities across Southern Nevada, we are committed to following the CDC’s guidelines and watching our industry to ensure that we are always on top of and implementing the best COVID-19 practices possible.
The following protocols and policies are currently in place at all of our facilities:
- COVID-19 screenings of all patients and team members including temperature checks
- Masks are required for anyone within the facility
- Social distancing will be enforced within all areas of the facility
- Virtual waiting rooms – patients may be asked to wait inside their vehicle following appointment check-ins
- Enhanced routine cleaning of all waiting room furniture and exam room equipment
As scientists and researchers strengthen and evolve the COVID-19 response, Desert Radiology will stay committed to those advancements to help protect our community in which we live in and serve while acknowledging individual stances and beliefs.