Serenity Health in Pahrump switches to vaccines
Serenity Mental Health in Pahrump has been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic almost from the time Nevada was declared a state of emergency, partnering with Nye County to provide testing for the virus and Now, the healthcare company is expanding its efforts to fight the pandemic by also switching to administering vaccines.
On Tuesday, April 27, owner and operator of Serenity Health, Gaby Cruz, confirmed to the Pahrump Valley Times that the first vaccinations provided by her company will take place next week.
“We are ready to start our POD vaccines on Monday May 3rd. We will combine our efforts by doing COVID anti-body tests and COVID vaccinations three days a week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We have two nurses, a phlebotomist and we are going to have a group of reception staff, and it will be under the direct supervision of our two doctors.
She and her team have worked diligently over the past few weeks to achieve this, and the task was far from easy.
First and foremost, the company had to be certified to administer the vaccines, each of their doctors having to be approved, and then it was a matter of getting the vials with the doses. With each of these pieces in place, Cruz and his team were almost ready to go, but they ran into an obstacle in the form of a parking lot. As Serenity Health’s parking lot is quite small, there is simply no room to accommodate the vaccination process, as anyone who receives a vaccine is encouraged to stay on site for at least 15 minutes and up to 30 minutes. after firing. , to make sure they do not have an adverse reaction to the vaccine.
Not letting this deter her in the least, Cruz looked for a way to recover the situation and she found the solution in another place, the unused parking lot on Calvada Boulevard where the former offices of Healthcare Partners of Nevada were located.
“I’m really excited. It took us a while to get here but we really wanted to be careful,” Cruz detailed. “We have been approved for vaccine administration for two months and we received our first doses there. a few weeks ago, but we waited because we wanted to be absolutely sure that things would go as smoothly as possible. We went to the vaccination site and examined it, we printed little groundsheets with numbers on it so we can direct people to the parking lots, we bought these big utility carts, we just did everything we can to make it all right transition so we can give the best care.
Cruz noted that Serenity Health is partnering with the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, which will provide traffic control to the site, if necessary. In addition to this, his team will also administer vaccines to all detainees and ICE detainees in Nye County detention centers.
“There are no patient fees, for anyone. The vaccine is 100% free for the patient, ”said Cruz. “We are allowed to bill patient insurance companies, but no patient will ever receive a bill from Serenity. We have received the guidance and support from our Fire Chief and Nye County Emergency Director Scott Lewis and we are officially open to all avenues and levels. We plan to deliver to the entire community and will use the three publicly available vaccines, Moderna, Pfizer and J&J vaccines. “
Cruz also noted that those heading to Serenity Health’s vaccination POD, or Point of Dispensing, can expect a more “patient-centered” approach from his team, which will provide more than just a simple injection in the arm.
“When you come to the vaccination site, we’ll take care of you, take your vital signs and ask any questions required by the state, and then our doctors will contact each person alone. nobody who comes, in the two or three days, to make sure that she is well, ”explained Cruz. “And we will also have a phone line, seven days a week, which will be open during our office hours, so that anyone who gets vaccinated, with us or with someone else, and has symptoms requiring medication, can call and be put on a list to have doctors call you back immediately.
“When we assessed how we wanted to do this, we decided we wanted to keep the patient-centered mindset that we have at Serenity, so we don’t want people to just come in, get the shot and go,” continued Cruz. “We actually want to check with them and make sure they’re okay. They might need an inhaler, someone might have a high temperature, someone might have severe nausea, which seems to be a common symptom after vaccination, and something as simple as a short conversation. with a doctor on the phone and get a prescription to fix it. the symptoms can really change their day. “
Already armed with a total of 200 doses of Moderna vaccine, 200 doses of J&J vaccine and 1,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine, Serenity Health’s PODs will be more than ready to handle all comers aged 16 and over.
For those who receive a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses at approximately 28 and 21 day intervals, respectively, their vaccine cards will have the dates they need to return and it will be the patient’s responsibility to roll back. . on the site for their second shot.
Forms will be distributed with factual information about the vaccines, with Cruz saying, “We felt there was a lot of hype and misinformation in the community, and in the country in general, and we created a fact sheet that we have obtained permission to distribute in the prison. We will also have an information document for those who come to the vaccination PODs that we offer. “
Serenity Health vaccination PODs will not be appointment based. Instead, they’ll be run the same way as the COVID-19 tests the company has been offering since the start of the pandemic, in which people simply show up to the site in their vehicles and line up.
Vaccination PODs will begin next week with hours of operation being Mondays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Vaccinations and COVID testing will be provided. The venue is located at 1503 E. Calvada Blvd., in the parking lot of the former Healthcare Partners of Nevada office building.
For more information, call Serenity Health at 775-751-5211.
Contact reporter Robin Hebrock at [email protected]