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HM_StJoBurbank_Winter21

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2 | Health Matters: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Letter to the Community A year ago, we could never have imagined the challenges that were ahead of us as a medical center and as a community. It has been an unprecedented time to work in health care. I am incredibly proud of the caregivers and providers at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center for their unwavering dedication to care for and ease the way for every patient who comes through our doors. We have advanced technology and an exceptional clinical team at Saint Joseph's caring for our COVID-19 patients, and that has led to some amazing outcomes for our patients. Continually striving for clinical excellence, I am pleased to share our many accomplishments earned in 2020, including Magnet designation, becoming a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and our Healthgrades designations as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals and one of America's 50 Best for Vascular Surgery. Since May, we have implemented extensive safety protocols in order to continue performing elective surgeries and procedures, as well as routine screenings including colonoscopies and mammograms. Prior to any surgery or procedure, every patient receives a COVID test. In addition, I want to reassure the community that the Providence Saint Joseph emergency department is safe and prepared for all patients experiencing a medical emergency. We cannot emphasize enough that no one should delay seeking medical care out of fear. Any delay in seeking emergency medical treatment can result in complications and long-term side effects and place your life at greater risk. Our priority is the health and safety of our caregivers and providers and the greater community. As we enter the New Year, filled with hope knowing that several COVID-19 vaccines have become available to our frontline teams, we also need to understand it will take several months before vaccines are widely available for the community. During the months ahead, we all must remain vigilant in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks and continuing to socially distance. We spent the past year working together—the medical center and the community. I cannot say it enough: we are extraordinarily grateful to the community for their support of our caregivers and providers, from donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) to thousands of meals to a parade from first responders. We could feel the love from our community! As always, we are ready to care for all of your health care needs. Be safe and stay well, Kelly M. Linden, Chief Executive Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

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