Our Health Care Heroes

Sometimes The Helpers Need Help, Too.

As doctors, nurses and other health care personnel work tirelessly across the country during the coronavirus pandemic, there are ways for everyone to show support for all their hard work.

With the number of cases crossing 200,000 worldwide and hospitals in places like Italy stretched to the brink, health care workers have been on the front lines treating coronavirus patients and promoting ways to help slow the spread of the illness.

Here are some things you can do to show appreciation for their efforts and help ease some of the burden that health care professionals have shouldered.

  1. Make sure they get some free food
  2. Donate blood
  3. Donate to charities that support hospitals
  4. Follow the advice of health care workers
  5. A simple thanks can go a long way
  6. Don’t buy up unnecessary supplies

Scripps Health Reopens 3 Clinics as More Services Are Restored
(Outpatient facilities, hospitals are safe places for those who need care)

News from Scripps Health

SAN DIEGO – Scripps Health has reopened a trio of outpatient clinics in the region as the health system continues to restore services that were curtailed in March after state and county officials issued shelter-in-place orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Patients may once again visit Scripps Coastal Medical Center Escondido, Scripps Coastal Medical Center Solana Beach and Scripps Clinic Santee for the same range of medical services that were available at those sites prior to their closure, with the exception of radiology. During the closures, patients had been redirected to other Scripps sites that remained open.

Scripps also has begun resuming time-critical surgeries at its five hospital campuses and outpatient surgery centers in San Diego County.

As more businesses reopen throughout San Diego County, Scripps is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of its patients, staff members, employees and visitors.

“We want everyone to know that the safety of our patients and caregivers is our top priority,” said Ghazala Sharieff, M.D., MBA, Scripps chief medical officer, clinical excellence and experience. “We are very thoughtfully and cautiously phasing in a return of services to make sure that we have what we need to protect our patients and staff– from personal protective equipment to disinfecting supplies – to ensure the safety of everyone in our facilities. Scripps clinics and hospitals are safe places to receive medical care for everything from preventative health visits at our outpatient clinics to heart care and cancer treatments at our specialty clinics to immediate medical issues at our urgent care facilities and emergency rooms.”

Scripps hospitals and clinics are taking all necessary steps to keep patients and caregivers safe. These efforts include requiring all staff and patients to wear masks, screening all patients and visitors before they enter Scripps’ facilities, isolating patients with coronavirus from other patients, using stringent cleaning protocols, and not allowing visitors, except under special circumstances. Those who are allowed inside must wear a face covering.

Patients and visitors to all Scripps facilities should bring their own face coverings with them to help protect themselves and others.

Complacency is the Enemy: Stop the Spread of this Virus While We Still Can

SAN DIEGO – Scripps Health today released the following statement from its President and CEO Chris Van Gorder urging more action to contain the coronavirus.

Like health care providers across the country, Scripps is working with our fellow health systems and we are in regular contact with county officials, state legislators and health care officials. Scripps applauds the work that has been done to date — California is one of very few states that have taken firm action and our county was willing to take action even before the state did.

Needs of Health Care Providers Must Be Met Before COVID-19 Restrictions Are Relaxed

SAN DIEGO – Scripps Health today released the following open letter from its President and CEO Chris Van Gorder advocating the need for a health-care-based trigger for reopening society.

As the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to impact communities across the country and the broader economy, America’s banks are making the health and well-being of their employees, customers and the communities they serve their top priority. Banks of all sizes are also taking steps to respond to the needs of individual and business customers directly affected, while continuing to execute their own business continuity plans under challenging conditions.