THE PRESTIGE TEAM FIGHTS CORONAVIRUS
Providing compassion and care isn’t just our profession at Prestige Healthcare Resources. It’s our passion, and it’s our culture.
That starts from the top. Our founder, John S. Smith came to the U.S. from the war-torn African nation of Liberia. Shortly after arriving, he was badly injured in a job-related accident. After having emergency surgery, he received such wonderful care, he decided to provide that same quality healthcare to others and became a registered nurse.
That’s a big difference between Prestige and other home care providers. Many are run like bottom-line businesses, owned by people with no healthcare background. Some are even local franchises of a national company.
Unfortunately, both the District and the state of Maryland have people with a positive test result for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
While the presence of the coronavirus in the District and the state of Maryland is understandably concerning, it is not unexpected given the spread of the virus globally and in the United States, there is still no widespread community transmission and our priority continues to be prevention, especially during cold and flu season.
However, we encourage all our employees, patients, families and community stakeholders to familiarize themselves with the contents of the below resources and take everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, Prestige recommends CDC guidelines as everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
As you have known, Prestige Healthcare Resource Inc. provides services in the District and in the state of Maryland. We provide services for the at-risk population most of whom are immunocompromised and will continue to provide services at our various locations and in the community.
Prestige Approach to Coronavirus
At Our Facility Front Desk
- Everyone (consumers, visitors, staff) must wipe hands with sanitizer
- Clean sign-in tablet every two hours and as needed
- Wipe desk every 2 hours
- If anyone is coughing/sneezing etc. check your temperature (placed at the front desk)
- Wipe door handle to the main office every two hours and as needed
- End of day: spray front desk, chairs, etc. with Clorox
- Wipe down the desk after every visit
- Wipe doorknob every two hours and as needed
- At the end of the day, wipe all surfaces and doorknob
In the Community: All our Community Support Workers, Therapists, Nursing assistant and, Case managers
- Must Clean hands with hand sanitizer after every patient encounter
- Must Clean car door with disposable sanitizer as needed
- Must Report all symptomatic consumers, visitors and staff to nurse
- Must Perform thorough assessment, and
- Triage as needed
- Telehealth services are available for all at-risk patients.
- Telehealth services are also available for patients unable to make it to the clinic.
JOHN S. SMITH, RN, BSN
Prestige founder and Director of Operations, John S. Smith, Jr., received his calling to become a nurse in 2001 after undergoing emergency surgery for life-threatening injuries. His medical and nursing staff showed him they cared about him, and provided truly compassionate care until he made a full recovery. “After recovery, I was determined to give back and made a vow to become a nurse and provide the same high quality healthcare I received when I was a patient,” Smith says. He became a registered nurse and began working at hospitals and other medical facilities.
John has extensive experience caring for cardiac, psychiatric, hospice, stroke and surgical patients. After working in many different areas of nursing, he realized his true passion was in community nursing, where he could have the greatest impact on his surroundings.