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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

TMS: A Different Approach to Depression Treatment

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

By Michelle Chacon, RN
TMS Coordinator at Sierra Tucson

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has arrived at Sierra Tucson, and in less than three months, has received tremendous feedback from our residents. TMS is an innovative treatment for depression that is safe, clinically proven, and non-pharmacological. For some, the idea of a non-drug, non-invasive depression treatment is radical. First cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008, TMS Therapy has improved the quality of life for more than 25,000 individuals who have been dissatisfied with the results of traditional treatment methods, including antidepressants.

TMS is performed under the supervision of Sierra Tucson psychiatrists by certified TMS clinical operators. Prior to initiation of treatment, a full psychological evaluation is conducted. Each session is approximately 40 minutes, scheduled five days a week, for up to six weeks. No sedation or anesthesia is needed. Side effects are minimal and localized, with scalp discomfort or headache being the most common reported.

What sets TMS at Sierra Tucson apart from outpatient TMS is the therapeutic environment in which residents are immersed, including a multitude of group activities and integrative services. As Sierra Tucson’s TMS coordinator, I meet with individuals who have been referred by the attending provider following their psychiatric evaluation. During a TMS nursing consultation, I explain how the procedure works and what can be expected during the initial visit and treatment. I also answer any questions the resident may have.

By far, the best part of my job is seeing individuals’ lives improve. Spending time with them one-on-one, five days a week, allows me the opportunity to get to know them on a deeper level, to hear about their journey and, over time, to witness the life-changing results of treatment. I am grateful to be a part of their transformation process.

 

For more information about transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), call our Admissions Coordinators today at855-693-7208