South Florida Hospital News
Thursday April 2, 2020

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April 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 10



Whether you turn on the television, listen to the radio, pick up a newspaper or go online, COVID-19 is the headline. Questions about this relatively unknown coronavirus are dominating global communication as public health professionals worldwide are working diligently to protect patients, visitors, caregivers, staff and society as a whole.

Healthcare workers are today’s soldiers against Covid-19. They are self-sacrificing, hardworking, usually over extended, and have much to be concerned about including their families. When dealing with Covid-19, many healthcare workers are wondering if they have the right to not work, much like most of society. 

“I stayed at work for you. You stay at home for us.”

A powerful message trending across social media in recent days highlights the important role local residents can play in reducing the spread of disease and the courageous work being performed by medical professionals around the clock as we collectively fight COVID-19. 

In response to the expanding population of Floridians who are or are expected to be infected with COVID-19, on Friday, 3/21, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-72, “Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures”. The Governor previously issued Executive Order 20-52, wherein he determined COVID-19 has created a Public Health Emergency in Florida. 

Based in Palm Beach, FL, the Coronavirus Crisis Emergency Response Group was created to provide proven business continuity solutions for industry and government to prepare, respond and recover from public health threats such as the novel coronavirus (COVID19). One of its overarching goals is to help you return your facility to operating status as quickly as possible and then work on solutions to maximize financial recovery.

Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) continues to serve on the front lines of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with drive through COVID-19 testing in both Marathon and south Miami-Dade.

Here are some questions and my answers to important questions about your current life insurance.

1. Can I change my annual premium payment to monthly or quarterly without hurting my policy?
Yes, contact your insurance company by phone immediately and ask for a change of premium form. Ask them to email it to you, email can be immediate to 3 days, traditional mail can be one to two weeks.

After working in healthcare for 40 years, including time as a registered medical assistant and surgical coordinator, Barbara Hintzke found she missed the human interactions after retiring a few years back. That led her to volunteerism and a leadership role as a patient ambassador at Memorial Hospital Miramar.

Stu Hochron has volunteered at St. Mary’s Medical Center for 2 years or 182 hours. Stu volunteers in multiple areas including the Stroke Support Group, Patient and Family Advisory Council and through the Hospital’s Foundation.

Brenda Atlee is a volunteer at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. She started volunteering her time in the Intensive Care Unit and eventually took over the role of vice president of the Auxiliary Board. Brenda is originally from Maryland where she worked in the field of management with an auto glass company. 

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