Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sierra Tucson to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Sierra Tucson.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Acadia Healthcare Promotes Executives to Lead Sierra Tucson Group

Sierra Tucson – Ranked #1 in Newsweek’s list of Best Addiction Treatment Centers in Arizona for 2020!

TUCSON, Ariz. (Sept. 11, 2019) – Acadia Healthcare, operating a network of 595 behavioral healthcare facilities around the world, has promoted Sierra Tucson Chief Executive Officer Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC to lead as the CEO of its newly-formed Sierra Tucson Group comprised of Sierra Tucson (Tucson, Ariz.), Sunrise Ranch (Riverside, Calif.,) and Sierra by the Sea (Newport Beach, Calif.) Sierra Tucson’s Chief Operations Officer Valerie Kading, DNP, MBA, MSN, PMHNP-BC has also been appointed as CEO of Sierra by the Sea and Sunrise Ranch.

Successfully operating Acadia Healthcare’s flagship behavioral health facility, CEO Vinck has served in executive leadership positions at Sierra Tucson since 2014 including chief operations officer and chief clinical officer, where she has established groundbreaking outcomes and recovery programs that have earned top recognition within and outside the industry. She recently oversaw a major campus extension of Copper Sky, a 30,000-square-foot therapeutic environment that offers both inpatient and outpatient customized care. An industry advocate, Vinck speaks worldwide on industry topics and has repeatedly been named one of the top leaders in Arizona for both healthcare and behavioral health and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP.) Recent accomplishments include speaking at the House of Commons in London and being named 2019 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business by AZ Big Media.

Dr. Valerie Kading has served as chief medical operations officer and interim chief medical officer, prior to becoming COO at Sierra Tucson. Most recently, Dr. Kading led the implementation of electronic health records facility-wide resulting in significantly improved patient care and efficiency. She also led the strategic initiative of certifying Sierra Tucson as one of the first behavioral health facilities to offer Zulresso™, recently approved groundbreaking IV antidepressant for postpartum women. Dr. Kading’s expertise has included the effects of adverse childhood experiences on substance use, mood disorders and suicide, perinatal mood disorders, and unique treatment needs of licensed professionals. She was recently awarded the 2019 State Award for Excellence from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, largely in part for founding the Southern Arizona Advanced Practice Nurse – Nurse Practitioner Society.

Jaime Vinck and Dr. Valerie Kading are incredible leaders in the behavioral health industry and we are honored to have them leading the Sierra Tucson Group.

About The Sierra Tucson Group

The Sierra Tucson Group is currently comprised of Sierra Tucson (Tucson, Ariz.), Sunrise Ranch (Riverside, Calif.,) and Sierra by the Sea (Newport Beach, Calif.) Internationally renowned for its innovative approach and legacy of clinical care for behavioral and mental health treatment, Sierra Tucson combines integrated care with evidence-based practices to provide a full range of leading treatment methods.