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 Announces Appointment of Chief Medical Officer

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TUCSON, Ariz. (March 8, 2018) – Sierra Tucson, an internationally renowned leader in behavioral and mental health care, announces the appointment of Aaron Wilson, MD, as its chief medical officer.

As chief medical officer, Dr. Wilson will be responsible for working closely with internal and external teams to advance clinical and medical programing, and to improve the outcomes of Sierra Tucson’s residents. He also will assist in the continued development of Sierra Tucson’s medical team; working diligently to provide enhanced safety for residents and staff, and a greater ease of access to Sierra Tucson’s innovative treatments.

Prior to joining Sierra Tucson, he served as medical director of Valley Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital located in Phoenix. He also served as medical director of the Freedom Care Unit, which focuses on the specific mental health needs of military service members and first responders. Dr. Wilson received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, in New Orleans, and completed his residency in psychiatry. Prior to graduating he served as chief resident at Tulane’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
“Dr. Wilson’s collaborative approach to treatment is an ideal fit for our team-centric environment,” said Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, CEIP, chief executive officer of Sierra Tucson. “I am impressed by the creativity and vision he has for the future of Sierra Tucson and will continue to rely on his wonderful insight.”

An active member of the mental health community in Arizona, Dr. Wilson currently serves as President of the Arizona Psychiatric Society and is chairman of the Arizona Disaster Psychiatry Task Force. He also is a co-founder of the Arizona Inter-Professional Behavioral Health Collaborative.

Additionally, Sierra Tucson also announced earlier this month the promotion of two of its medical staff. Dianne Keller, MD, was appointed to the position of associate medical director, and Shannon Padilla, DNP, was announced as the co-director of Desert Flower Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit.