Gateway Foundation's Chief Medical Officer Board Certified Psychiatrist Specializing in Addiction Medicine
It's hard to believe that just a few months ago, many of us had never even heard of COVID19 and its impact on all of us. Today is a very different day, and one that requires us to band together to make sure that we stop this pandemic that is spreading throughout the world. As one of the leading healthcare providers of substance use disorder treatment in the country, we have taken this pandemic very seriously from the beginning. Our priority has been the health and safety of our patients and staff. To achieve this we have been following the directives and recommendations of the CDC and our public health leaders for all personnel and patients as well as community partners. While this terrible pandemic continues to spread across our nation we must also remember that approximately 130 people die of an overdose every day in the United States. As our health system becomes increasingly stressed with new patients, we cannot forget that our services are needed now more than ever.
We are prepared to continue providing our life-saving addiction medicine treatment and have taken the following steps to do so:
Our medical and nursing staff have been screening and monitoring every patient in our care.
Any new referrals are screened prior to admission and at the time of arrival at the facility.
We have instituted "stay- at-home" policies across our entire workforce for any staff that is ill or has had either direct or indirect contact.
We are virtualizing all of our outpatient services starting this week.?
All of our alumni have been offered daily virtual meetings and our "GatewayConnect app" to engage in alumni activities and on-going support.
Within our residential treatment programs, we are providing treatment in smaller groups and making other modifications to reduce the size of gatherings.
All Gateway Foundation facilities have been deep cleaned and stocked with needed supplies.
Visits from families and all outside partners have been suspended until further notice.
If we find a patient with fever, we have the capability to test for COVID19 with our local lab. As of today we have no positive cases of COVID19 among our clients or staff
Please Remember to Follow the Instructions of Our Public Health Leaders
If you are sick in any way, please do not leave your home.
If you have a health conditions that can make you vulnerable or are elderly please do not leave your home.
If you must go out for essential activities, please wash your hands, do not touch your face and maintain social distancing when you are out of your home.
Remember that this situation is likely to increase stress, anxiety and trauma among those we serve; we need to ensure that this is not a time to ignore the vulnerability of those with the disease of addiction. Please know that we are considered an essential health service and it is our intent to remain operational to meet the needs of our patients and continue supporting those struggling with the disease of addiction. I remind everyone that social distancing doesn't have to mean isolation! Please stay connected to your family and friends, your support network and anyone that you rely on, we are fortunate to have social media outlets to help us do this.
All your healthcare providers at Gateway Foundation remain steadfast in our mission to continue our life-saving addiction medicine treatment.
Goodwill of Central Illinois will hold the 5th Annual Recycle Your Style Contest. High school students within Goodwill’s territory are encouraged to donate their used clothing. The high school that donates the most pounds of clothing will win a SMART Board donated by Bradfield’s Computer Supply. The contest runs from October 1st through October 31st. “This has been a very successful campaign for us,” said Bob Parkhurst, Goodwill Vice President. “We are grateful for Bradfield’s Computer Supply’s donation of a SMART Board each year. That prize really heats up the competition among the high schools.” Donations of items other than clothing are encouraged, but only clothing will count toward the contest. Only high schools are eligible, but others can participate including teachers, family and school supporters. Donors need to tell the Goodwill donation attendant which high school they are supporting for their donation to be counted. Donations can be made at any of Goodwill’s nine stores o
January 29, 2010 Methodist Medical Center is hosting a free “Coffee with the Doctor” on Saturday February 27, 2010 in observance of National Heart Month. Tahir Ilahi, M.D. of the Methodist Medical Group Cardiology will be making a presentation on “Cholesterol and Your Heart”. Registered Dietician Hannah Lee will also be on hand to demonstrate heart healthy meal preparation. “Coffee with the Doctor” will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Methodist Medical Group Cardiology Conference Room at 112 NE. Crescent Ave in Peoria. The event is free but space is limited. Reserve your seat by calling 671-5121.
Yesterday's Says Goodbye to the Past: Welcoming the Next Generation of Schramm Pekin, IL- Yesterday’s Bar & Grill isn’t the same these days, and Pekin is here for it ! Pekin Restaurant Week couldn’t be a better reason to see (and taste) the changes. Family owned for nearly three decades, YBG has been taken on by the next generation of Schramm: Chef JoElle. Chef JoElle has returned to her hometown to take up the torch of family business. With a bachelor’s degree in restaurant management and culinary arts, she had pursued upscale dining scenes of the Windy City for several years, returning to help family as the world faced the COVID-19 pandemic. “I returned when the world shut down,” says Chef JoElle, now owner of Yesterday’s Bar and Grille. “Being close to help my family was just the right decision.” Chef JoElle’s innovative restaurant management mindset helped to keep revenue incoming, pivoting the business to offer oven ready meals of everything from whole