GET CARE WHEN YOU NEED IT
LA is better together
For those who stay in and those who work through the night.
For those who share their food and comfort, their hopes and fears.
For all that you’ve done in this great city of Angels, we see you and appreciate you.
Life may be on pause. Your health isn’t. We’re here to take care of you.
Should it be appropriate for you to come to one of our facilities, rigorous safeguards and protocols are in place.
Message to our Communities
Thank you for taking a moment to read this message.
We represent five health systems in greater Los Angeles. The communities we serve are facing the challenges and heartbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic with a shared sense of purpose. The staff at our organizations are responding with extraordinary dedication, resilience and courage.
At the same time, we are concerned that as the COVID-19 crisis evolves, many Angelenos are going without important medical care for other illnesses or injuries.
Please do not delay getting the health care you need. We strongly encourage you to call a trusted health care provider like your doctor’s office, a hospital or an urgent care center. Many issues can be addressed with informed guidance, prescriptions or a tele-medicine appointment.
Thomas M. Priselac
President and CEO
Cedars-Sinai Health System
Julie J. Sprengel, President
Dignity Health Hospitals
Rodney B. Hanners
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Keck Medicine of USC
Erik G. Wexler
Providence Southern California
Johnese Spisso, MPA
President, UCLA Health
CEO, UCLA Hospital System
Associate Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences
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As always, if there is a medical or psychiatric emergency, call 911 immediately.
Please remember that your safety and well-being is important to our doctors, nurses and other team members—and please know that your questions and concerns will be handled with care.
BetterTogether.Health was formed by Rhoda Weiss, Ph.D., president, Rhoda Weiss Consulting Group, national health care consultant and speaker who’s chaired several national organizations and conferences, including Market Health Leaders Summit of 100 health systems representing over 2,000 hospitals across the U.S. As the pandemic widened in March, Dr. Weiss re-engaged this national group via frequent conference calls and sharing of best practices, strategies and resources. With experience in coalition building and its positive impact on communities, Dr. Weiss formed and is leading BetterTogether.Health that unites health systems in creating messages for the betterment of communities they serve.
Health Systems Unite to Encourage Patients to Put Health First, Access Care When Needed
Providence, UCLA Health, Keck Medicine of USC, Dignity Health and Cedars-Sinai Joined Together to Launch BetterTogether.Health: “Life may be on pause. Your health isn’t.” Educational Campaign.
Several of Los Angeles County’s largest nonprofit health systems with hospitals, clinics and care facilities across the region came together in early Spring 2020, united in a mission to encourage community members to put health first and access care when needed. They remain together today, continuing to launch public service messages on keeping healthy and safe, including jointly participating in a national campaign to encourage wearing of masks as well as a local campaign with caregivers offering advice on staying safe over the holidays.
Providence, UCLA Health, Keck Medicine of USC, Dignity Health and Cedars-Sinai earlier this year launched public service announcements called BetterTogether.Health with themes that include “Life may be on pause. Your Health isn’t,” “Thanks L.A. for doing your part,” and “Get care when you need it.”
Among issues the educational campaign addresses are the continuing concerns by health professionals that many people are not seeking medical advice and assistance when critical to do so. Health care providers remain committed and available to serving the community’s health care needs—including emergency, primary, specialty and urgent care.
Rather than each health system individually addressing that medical professionals increasingly call a “silent sub-epidemic” of those requiring but instead avoiding timely medical services, they remain together to tackle head on what could become, if not curbed immediately, the next public health crisis, resulting in serious and avoidable health consequences. These leading health systems continue to be joined for this purpose, believing it is their duty to reach out and let people know they are open and committed to maintaining the health of the communities they serve—and saving lives.
“We are grateful to those who continue to do what they are asked—stay home, safe and healthy,” says Erik Wexler, Chief Executive, Providence Southern California. “We are confident these efforts can make a positive difference in the health of Californians. This collaboration of health systems is not only extraordinary, it provides meaningful information in meeting a challenge beyond anything any of us ever experienced.”
The BetterTogether.Health public service effort has included messages on multi-language television and radio, as well as billboards, newspapers, magazine, digital, social media, online information, links to vital health care resources and more. Combining resources demonstrates the organizations are in this together, will accomplish more together, and will get through
“Those caring for patients in our hospitals, urgent care centers, clinics, testing centers and through telemedicine have responded with remarkable dedication, resilience and skill,” says Johnese Spisso, President, UCLA Hospital System and Associate Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Services. “The health of our community continues as our number one priority, and we are prepared to address all health care needs.”
Emergencies don’t stop and neither do the hospitals providing emergency care 24/7.
“We know many patients who in the past dialed 911 for life-threatening emergencies are now not accessing these vital services quickly,” says Julie Sprengel, President, Southwest Division, Dignity Health Hospitals, Common Spirit Health. “We are instead seeing patients that delayed, postponed or cancelled care coming to emergency departments with serious conditions that should have been treated earlier.”
Getting to a hospital quickly for heart attacks and strokes is critical and saves lives. Those exhibiting serious symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, numbness in one side of the body or severe headache should seek medical attention immediately.
“There is concern that patients with serious conditions are putting off critical treatment,” says Rodney Hanners, Interim CEO, Keck Medicine of USC. “We know that seeking immediate care for heart attacks and strokes can be life-saving and may minimize long-term effects. Our hospitals and health care providers are ready and open to serve your needs.”
Scheduled vaccinations for children are part of the important medical care that needs to take place to ensure everyone is protected from infectious diseases. Staying current on your children’s immunization schedule protects them from potentially deadly diseases.
It is critically important for children to stay on schedule for vaccinations for the protection of their health and others as well, including measles and whooping cough vaccines. These highly contagious diseases could become a public health issue if not addressed. Immunizations protect children and those around them from diseases caused by bacteria or viruses.
Patient health and safety are top priorities for every health care provider.
“Receiving timely treatment by skilled medical professionals is essential to helping us achieve for our patients and communities the best possible outcomes,” says Tom Priselac, CEO, Cedars-Sinai Health System. “Please do not delay getting your health care. We encourage you to call a trusted health care provider like your doctor’s office, hospital or urgent care center.”
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