Archive: October 2016

What Does “Quality” Mean at Sierra Tucson?

By Sue Menzie, BSN, MS Director of Quality Improvement Usually the terms quality improvement, quality management, and performance improvement evoke some very interesting emotions and responses in the health care industry. For most of my health care career, the Quality Improvement Department was also the “Gotcha” Department. Basically, the department that was always negative and condemning, representing a challenge to show “good numbers” so the organization didn’t end up on... Read More

Psychodrama at Sierra Tucson

By Bill Coleman, LMSW, TEP Resident Psychodramatist Psychodrama at Sierra Tucson has a long history. It has been offered since the opening days in 1983 and long considered one of the most powerful forms of group therapy. Not easy to describe, psychodrama can be classified as experiential therapy. It is essentially role-playing, where disturbing and inhibiting forces on the inside of an individual are manifested on the outside, in the... Read More

Resident Satisfaction … And the Survey Says?

By Richard M. Walko, PhD Quality Management Coordinator Surveys say a lot actually. Because of our strong commitment to resident satisfaction, Sierra Tucson conducts a lot of surveys. Years ago, each resident was offered one general satisfaction survey to fill out right before completing his or her stay. Today, with an eye toward knowing, in real time, how satisfied our residents are, we have implemented an additional survey. At about... Read More

4 Tips for Managing Prescription Medicine in Recovery

Are you anxious about undergoing a medical procedure while in addiction recovery? Are you hesitant to take prescription medications for fear of relapsing? These dilemmas pose unique sobriety challenges for those in both early and long-term recovery. With a little planning and a proactive approach to post-operative care, the following tips from Jerome Lerner, MD, director of Sierra Tucson’s Pain Recovery Program, can help lower the risk of relapse and... Read More

Identifying, Screening and Treating Depression

By Valerie M. Kading, DNP, MSN Director of Medical Operations, Sierra Tucson October marks two days dedicated to highlighting depression and the potentially devastating effects of the loss of a pregnancy or child. National Depression Screening Day, on October 6, is devoted to educating the public on stigma reduction and improvement of access to treatment for individuals and families suffering from depression. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, on October... Read More

Individualized Treatment for Professionals

By Michael Genovese, MD, JD Chief Medical Officer, Sierra Tucson At Sierra Tucson, we recognize that our residents share much in common, but that we must also be mindful of the stressors and circumstances facing each individual. Men and women who are in high-pressure professions may be the first to offer help to others but the last to recognize the need within themselves. Even if they do, many put off... Read More