Okay, who wants to be the first one to have written about a pandemic? Unfortunately, I know way too much about this stuff. Guess it’s that old hospital CEO mindset. Prepare for the worst, and expect it. Well, let’s all pray that this thing settles down before more people die. My friend, Dr. Matt Masiello wrote an E-mail today that could probably help a lot of people. A public health message with a level of calm urgency.
Based on the cumulative experience of the scientific and health promotion/disease prevention staff at WRI, we began a more active approach in preparedness then what had been recommended by WHO/CDC and the local EMS. We feel that with WHO now raising the alert level to 5 our actions were appropriate. May I suggest the following.
1. Prepare and distribute a letter to parents asking them to keep their children home if they have a cough, fever, headache. If someone in the family has the same signs and symptoms the children should also stay home until the illness by the family member is confirmed not to be Swine flu.
2. Place a small table with sanitizer bottles at the entrance ways of the school buildings.
3. Encourage staff to carry on their person the small hand sanitizers.
4. Instruct your teachers to review with the students advice on handwashing and use of the sanitizers. Teachers should remind students throughout the day of the importance of handwashing as well as keeping their hands away from their face and the importance of coughing into their sleeves. Wash/sanitize hands afterwards. I would encourage formal, scheduled trips to the BR to wash hands and when ever necessary.
5. Place the attached sign in key locations and encourage staff and familes to take them and post at home as a reminder. Wash hands prior to and returning from work/school/play.
6. Get plenty of rest, eat well and exercise.
7. Open windows for better movement of air, when and if possible.
8. Minimize social gatherings. The canceling of social events may come as a formal recommendation via the CDC in the very near future.
So, that’s the official word from the United States’ representative to the World Health Organization.
Now, onto life. Last night we completed a list of services that we are helping to provide to hospitals, schools, hotels, newspapers, businesses and anyone else that might be interested. Rather than list each business individually, let me list their services, products, and work, and, if you’re interested, give me a call.
- Technology Solutions for Government
- Sophisticated market research
- Physician billing/Pre-certification and approval of payments for doc offices.
- Telemedicine and medical device marketing analysis and launch
- Food Services for hospitals and long term care centers
- Education Programs and Leadership Solutions
- Continuing Medical Education for physicans and nurses
- State and Federal Lobbyists and Business Development Experts
- Personal Healthcare and Corporate Wellness
- Crisis Response Communications
- Construction solutions (REIT)
- HR and House Wide Quality System for Job Descriptions
- Translation services (Contract pending)
- Specialized Cancer Laboratory Services
- Removal and disposal of hazardous waste, a green company
- Economic Development and ECAP green initiative
- The Doctors’ Doctor – Physician office mergers, acquisitions and general business operations consulting, and Hospital Physician strategic planning
Obviously, each line represents a company that we represent, and even more obviously, SunStone Consulting is your answer for all of the financial challenges that hospitals face.