FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2020
Saratoga Hospital, Adirondack Trust Company Partner
To Help Businesses Open Safely
COVID-19 safety program includes free consultation on creating and maintaining a safe environment for customers and staff
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., June 23, 2020—Saratoga Hospital and Adirondack Trust Company are teaming up to help businesses resume operations safely now that the Capital Region is cleared for COVID-19 Phase 3 reopening.
With support from Adirondack Trust Company, Saratoga Hospital has launched the COVID-19 Business Safety Consultation Program to help area employers review their safety plans and fine-tune practices on screening, masking, social distancing, contactless interactions, disinfectant use and other measures that can help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
“We want to see our region reopen safely—to help keep our community healthy and get people and businesses back to work,” said Charles V. Wait Jr., president & CEO of Adirondack Trust Company. “This is uncharted territory, so most businesses could use some help. Saratoga Hospital has had great success managing these issues since the start of the pandemic. They’re the logical partner for this effort.”
The free consultation, provided by Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Occupational Medicine, includes:
- An on-site visit to assess issues, including work flow, staff-to-staff and customer-to -staff interactions, meeting space, distance between desks or stations, break rooms, rest rooms and other key spaces.
- Recommendations on employee and customer screenings for COVID-19 symptoms or exposure.
- Masking best practices.
- Cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
- Review of the New York Forward industry-specific guidelines for reopening.
- Help completing the state-required COVID-19 safety plan, which must be available on-site for state officials to review upon request.
Participating businesses receive a custom-designed social distancing tool to help mark off the recommended six-feet required for social distancing. At the conclusion of the site visit, businesses receive a “COVID-19 Safety Plan” certificate, which they can display to promote their commitment to safety.
“At Saratoga Hospital, it’s our job to set and maintain the health standards of one of the largest workforces in the county, to stay on top of the latest developments and government requirements—and to share what we’ve learned to benefit the entire community,” said Dr. Michael Holland, an international expert and the medical director of occupational medicine and employee health at Saratoga Hospital. “This program is a wonderful way for us to support local businesses and help keep our community safe and healthy.”
Holland and his team can also assist businesses with other coronavirus-related services, including testing employees for the virus, helping with contact tracing if necessary, and determining when employees are well enough to return to work.
“COVID-19 will be with us for quite some time, and we are determined to do everything possible to maintain the hard-fought gains we’ve achieved,” Holland said.
To schedule an on-site consultation or learn more about Occupational Medicine services at Saratoga Hospital, contact Taryn Woodard at 518-886-5414 or twoodard@SaratogaHospital.org.
About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider and the only acute-care facility in Saratoga County. The hospital’s multispecialty practice, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group, provides care at more than 20 locations, ensuring easy access to programs and services that can have the greatest impact on individual and community health. Saratoga Hospital has maintained Magnet designation for nursing excellence since 2004. Through its affiliation with Albany Med and Columbia Memorial Health, Saratoga Hospital is part of the largest locally governed health system in the region. For more information: www.saratogahospital.org or www.facebook.com/SaratogaHospital.
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