In recognition of Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2020, Brooks-TLC has teamed up with the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services and The Chautauqua Center to conduct a free drive-up/walk-up lead testing of household objects on Thursday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at our main entrance.
Testing at the event will be a drive-up/walk-up format, and testing is limited to three items per household. Items to be brought for testing might include vintage toys, imported dollar-store toys, imported ceramics, vinyl items, old painted furniture, or repurposed painted wood craft items.
Those driving up to the event are asked to remain in their vehicle with items placed in the trunk.
According to Jodi Witherell, chief nursing officer and vice president of quality services, “COVID-19 has shown the world a truth we’ve always known—infection preventionists are essential to keeping our communities safe. In addition to managing the usual infection control issues such as healthcare-associated infections, flu season, etc., our infection control team is simultaneously battling a global pandemic for the foreseeable future. “For this”, she added, “we are thankful to have this skilled team in service to our community.”
This announcement comes during International Infection Prevention Week, October 18 -24, an opportune time to remind community members to remain vigilant to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, particularly with flu season approaching. This week serves as a reminder to stress the importance of social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks.
Although we appreciate emergency nurses year round, we take a special moment during Emergency Nurses Week to recognize your hearts of gold. Throughout an incredibly challenging year, you showed the true spirit of what makes up an emergency nurse. You cared for patients during some of their most difficult times, while coping with this crisis yourself. You put your heart of gold on display and for that we are truly thankful.
Overall the team raised $1572, through on-site hospital raffles and donation solicitation. The hospital thanks BTLC Radiology Department, Paul & Barb Balzer, Karol Birdsall & Moira Murphy, Hallmark Family, Picaboo.com, Richard Feinen Farms, RIT Inn & Conference Center and Sheila Walier for their generous basket raffle donations.
All proceeds have gone towards supporting scientists in their pursuit of new, innovative, and promising scientific paths that can lead to better outcomes for people living with Alzheimer’s – and, one day soon, an end to this devastating disease.
Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. As we approach flu season with concurrent positive COVID-19 cases within our community, the infection control team at Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. (BTLC) reminds us it is extremely important to remain vigilant about taking precautions to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy.
Get your flu shot.
In this context, getting a flu vaccination will be more important than ever this year. For the upcoming flu season, flu vaccination will be very important because it can help reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses on the population and thus lessen the resulting burden on the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all people 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine. Community members can get the flu vaccine by contacting their primary care physician, or it is typically available in pharmacies. “This year, the public should be especially proactive”, states Theresa Schrantz, BTLC employee health coordinator. She adds, “People should get it as soon as it becomes available.”
Dear Brooks Memorial Hospital and Staff,
To all those willing to sacrifice their own safety and well-being in this COVID crisis, we are eternally grateful. We wish you safety and health as you forge ahead to get us to the other side of this pandemic. Your contributions are appreciated and we thank you in our prayers, hearts, and minds each and every day. The coronavirus knows no borders. The only thing that we can do to protect ourselves and others is to rally together as a community while we physically distance ourselves.
So to show our appreciation and support, from Echevarria Designs LLC, and on behalf of our local community, we are donating this "Thank You Frontline Worker" sign.
We hope that you hang this sign in a place where it will show your workers, on a daily basis, that they are truly appreciated.
Stay Strong and THANK YOU!
Thanks to a group of local 4-H kids and their club leader, Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. is among the lucky recipients of an FDA-approved, privately manufactured hand sanitizer.
Mary Kay, Inc. Independent Beauty Consultant and 4-H Fredonia Star Riders leader, Aimee Rogers, created a unique opportunity for kids in her club to support their community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fredonia Star Riders, with membership throughout northern Chautauqua County, is a Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Club, which provides the opportunity for kids to be leaders, learn new skills, public speaking, and the value of community service.
This particular club is equestrian-focused, so these kids are accustomed to frequent hand washing and maintaining barn hygiene to keep the beloved animals safe. Armed with first-hand understanding of how bacteria and viruses can be spread that can result in sick animals….an idea was born. The kids decided to transfer their knowledge of preventing infection in horses to preventing infection in their community. Just like in the barn, using hand sanitizer would help stop the spread of disease in the community.
BROOKS –TLC HOSPITAL SYSTEM, INC. EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR PROMOTING ORGAN, EYE, AND TISSUE DONATION
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