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 Builds Medical Power Team with Addition of Seven Health Leaders

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

TUCSON, Ariz. (September 2018) – Sierra Tucson, an internationally renowned leader in behavioral and mental health care, announces the expansion of its medical team to meet the growing demand for residential treatment services.

During the last six months, Sierra Tucson recruited seven experts to join its elite team:

  • James Seymour, MD, director of Trauma Recovery Program
  • Jerome Lerner, MD, director of Executive and Licensed Professional Program
  • Jasleen Chatwal, MD, director of Mood Program
  • Brandon Yates, MD, attending psychiatrist, Mood Program
  • Janaka Sarathchandra, MD, attending psychiatrist, Desert Flower
  • Donnie Sansom, MD, medical services, attending physician, Addiction/Co-Occurring Program
  • Janet Tinkey – DNP, PMHNP-BC, psychiatric nurse practitioner, Desert Flower

Each of these professionals are health innovators who are nationally and internationally recognized specialists in their respective areas. They will offer treatment across a full continuum of care for individuals struggling with addiction and certain mental health concerns.

“Sierra Tucson is a place where thought leaders live, work, and create, and we are beyond enthusiastic to expand our outstanding medical team, said Aaron Wilson, chief medical officer at Sierra Tucson. “At Sierra Tucson, we recognize the importance of incorporating a variety of treatment modalities into the care we offer our residents and these staff additions move that mission forward.”

Earlier this summer, Sierra Tucson broke ground on its $16.5 million expansion which will include 44 licensed beds, integrative therapy rooms, a new pharmacy center, as well as expanded facilities for individualized treatment and a dedicated admission center.