UPDATE 3/31/2020 COVID-19 (coronavirus) Preventative Measures at Tully Hill

Cathy Palm
Cathy Palm
March 31, 2020

As you know the Tully Hill Leadership Team is continuing to evaluate and adjust our business practices as coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve.

We have implemented the following changes and encouraged staff to take the following actions to help minimize risk:

  • Employees must have their temporal temperature taken 2x/day by a Nurse.   Any employee exhibiting signs and symptoms of respiratory illness (fever >/=100.0 F, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath) will be instructed to leave immediately.
    • 1st – Immediately upon arrival each day
    • 2nd – Prior to leaving the facility at the end of each shift
  • Employees must wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Patients are also encouraged to wash their hands often and use hand sanitizer if they cannot access a sink. 
  • Employees must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer in between patients (ie. passing meds, doing care maps, etc). 
  • Everyone is advised to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or the crease of the elbow and always wash their hands after sneezing, blowing their nose, coughing or after touching used tissues.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.  Always wash your hands after touching your face. 
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a surgical mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.   Use of surgical masks increases the frequency of individuals touching their faces. 
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with coworkers and patients, whenever possible.  Avoid shaking hands and always wash your hands after physical contact with others.  Try not to use coworkers’ phones, desks, pens, etc.   Minimize staff meetings – use email and phone to communicate, if possible
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle; attention to rest, diet, exercise and relaxation helps maintain physical and emotional health

Employees experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath) are advised to self-quarantine at home and contact their local Health Department for further guidance prior to returning to work.  Employees are also advised to contact their PCP by phone immediately for instructions.   Employees experiencing severe symptoms (ie. shortness of breath) should call 911.  

We appreciate the dedication of our staff and their adherence to our policies and required guidelines.  Thank you for continuing to do the important work that we do.  

 

Cathy Palm

Executive Director

Cathy Palm has served as the Executive Director for Tully Hill Chemical Dependency Treatment Center since 1996. Ms. Palm is one of 7 founding board members actively involved since 1989. Under her leadership, a 2.2 million dollar capital campaign raised 1.6 million dollars which enabled Tully Hill Corporation to purchase their current facilities on October 31, 2003. Ms. Palm is also a founding board member of the Tully Hill Foundation, which raises funds exclusively for the Tully Hill Corporation. Ms. Palm continues to provide leadership to meet the challenges of a dynamic healthcare marketplace. Ms. Palm currently serves on the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) Board of Directors, where she has served since 2000. She was elected Chair of the NAATP Board in May 2009 to 2011. She also serves on the NAATP PAC Board.