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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Sierra Tucson Expands Prestigious Medical Professional Team

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


TUCSON, Ariz. (Nov. 16, 2017) – Sierra Tucson, an internationally renowned leader in behavioral and mental health care, reaffirms its commitment to the highest level of resident care with the addition of three new medical team members.

Bennet E. Davis, MD, joined Sierra Tucson as the director of the Pain Recovery Program. Dr. Davis is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, and completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. As an adjunct associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Dr. Davis actively trains pharmacy students, as well as family practice residents and primary care physicians. He is vested in helping the State’s primary care system and co-authored/co-investigated the first National Institutes of Health-funded online Pain Medicine CME program for primary care physicians.

Additionally, Oliver Cooperman, MD, joined Sierra Tucson’s medical team as the director of the Trauma Recovery Program. He specializes in four areas of psychiatry: adolescents and young adults, individuals being treated for addictions, psychotherapy and trauma patients. Dr. Cooperman is a graduate of Harvard Medical School in Boston and has a lifelong interest in integrative care. Prior to joining Sierra Tucson, Dr. Cooperman was a psychiatrist for several innovative programs in Northern Arizona. In addition, he served as the medical director of Mingus Mountain Academy, in Yavapai County, Ariz., a residential treatment program for teenage girls who are mostly survivors of severe trauma.

As the director of nursing, Loralie Yzerman, RN, will be leading a team of more than 80 nursing team members comprised of nurse managers, nurses, triage nurses, nursing assistants, dietitians and nutritionists. Yzerman has more than 25 years of critical care nursing experience and received her nursing degree from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in British Columbia, Canada. Most recently she served as director of nursing at the Betty Ford Center. Additionally, in 2000, she received the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ Excellence in Caring Practices Award.

“We are excited to have these esteemed professionals join our dynamic medical team,” said Valerie Kading, interim chief medical officer at Sierra Tucson. “I am impressed by the vision these three have for Sierra Tucson and enthusiastic about continued high level of compassionate care.”

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About Sierra Tucson

For more than 33 years, Sierra Tucson’s longstanding legacy of clinical excellence and compassionate care has resulted in recovery for those struggling with substance use disorder, trauma-related issues, disordered eating, chronic pain, mood and anxiety disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Internationally renowned for its innovative approach to behavioral and mental health treatment, Sierra Tucson was the co-recipient of the 2017 Clinical Excellence Award by Acadia Healthcare. Sierra Tucson combines integrative and experiential therapies with evidence-based practices to provide a full range of treatment methods. Call 800-842-4487 or visit