Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Protect yourself from wildfire smoke

The fires burning in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties are likely to continue for some time. Take steps to protect yourself from smoke from wildland fires.

1. BE PREPARED

2. PROTECT THOSE WITH HEALTH CONDITIONS

  • The elderly, pregnant moms, children, and those with cardiovascular or respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible — take extra precautions to avoid exposure.
  • Develop a personal plan with your doctor
  • Avoid prolonged or heavy exertion, outdoor activity and exercise
  • Keep two weeks’ worth of extra medication on hand. Be ready with plans to treat asthma or diabetes.
  • If you have a cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms caused by smoke, contact your doctor immediately.
  • Consider leaving the area during a prolonged event.

3. TAKE ACTION

  • Stay indoors with windows and doors closed.  During high heat, keep indoor air cool.
  • If you cannot seal your home during hot weather and dense smoke, consider leaving the area.
  • If you need to leave, practice physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, always wear face coverings.
  • Set air conditioning and car vent systems to re-circulate, preventing outside air from coming in.
  • Stay hydrated; drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid adding additional pollution. Pause activities such as wood burning, lawn mowing, leaf blowing, driving, barbecuing, and smoking. Avoid using hairspray and paint indoors. Use the fan when cooking.

4. SMOKE EXPOSURE & COVID-19; KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

People who currently have or are recovering from COVID-19 may be at increased risk of health effects from wildfire smoke due to compromised hearts and/or lungs. Symptoms of COVID-19 and wildfire smoke exposure may be confusing.

  • Some symptoms, like dry cough, sore throat, and difficulty breathing can be caused by both wildfire smoke exposure and COVID-19.

  • Learn about symptoms of COVID-19. Fever, chills, muscle or body aches, are not related to smoke exposure. If you have symptoms, the CDC Self-Checker can help determine whether you need further assessment or testing. If you have questions, contact a healthcare provider.

  • If you have difficulty breathing or chest pain, immediately call 911 or go to emergency.

5. DON’T FORGO YOUR MASK

  • COVID-19 is circulating in our community. The best way to protect yourself from the virus and poor air quality is to stay indoors.
  • When in proximity to others outside your home wear a face covering.
  • Bandanas and surgical masks do not protect against wildfire smoke but are recommended for protection against COVID-19.
  • Minimize the number of times you put on and remove your mask; this avoids the buildup of particulate matter and virus particles.

Protégete contra el humo de un incendio 

Los incendios en los Condados de Monterey y Santa Cruz suelen arder durante algún tiempo. Toma medidas para protegerte del humo de los incendios forestales. 

1. PREPÁRATE

2. PROTEGE A AQUELLOS CON CONDICIONES DE SALUD

  • Los ancianos, mujeres embarazadas, niños y aquellos con problemas cardiovasculares o respiratorios son particularmente susceptibles – toma precauciones extremas para evitar la exposición.
  • Desarrolla un plan personal con tu médico
  • Evita realizar esfuerzos pesados o prolongados, así como actividades o ejercicio al exterior
  • Mantén dos semanas de suministros de medicamento extra a la mano. Prepara un plan para tratamiento de asma o diabetes. 
  • Si tienes tos, falta de aire, u otros síntomas ocasionados por el humo, contacta a tu médico de inmediato. 
  • Considera abandonar el área durante un evento prolongado. 

3. TOMA MEDIDAS 

  • Mantente en interiores con ventanas y puertas cerradas. Durante el fuego intenso, mantén el aire interior fresco.  
  • Si no puedes sellar tu casa durante el clima caliente y el humo denso, considera abandonar el área. 
  • Si necesitas salir, practica la distancia física, lava tus manos con frecuencia, siempre cubre tu rostro.  
  • Ajusta el sistema de aire acondicionado y la ventilación del auto para re-circular el aire, para prevenir que el aire de afuera entre. 
  • Mantente hidratado; toma mucha agua. 
  • Evita agregar contaminación adicional. Pon en pausa actividades como quema de madera, cortar el césped, soplar las hojas, manejar, parrilladas y fumar. Evita el uso de spray y pinturas en el interior. Usa el ventilador al cocinar. 

4. EXPOSICIÓN AL HUMO Y COVID-19; CONOCE LA DIFERENCIA 

Las personas que se encuentran contagiadas o en recuperación por COVID-19 pueden tener un riesgo mayor de salud a los efectos del humo de un incendio debido a afectaciones en el corazón y/o pulmones. Los síntomas de COVID-19 y la exposición al humo de un incendio pueden confundirse. 

  • Algunos síntomas, como tos seca, garganta irritada y dificultad para respirar pueden ser causados ya sea por exposición al humo de un incendio y COVID-19.
  • Conoce los síntomas de COVID-19. Fiebre, escalofríos, dolores musculares o del cuerpo, no están relacionados con exposición al humo. Si tienes síntomas, el Auto-Explorador puede ayudarte a determinar si requieres una evaluación o una prueba. Si tienes preguntas, contacta a un experto en salud. 
  • Si tienes dificultad para respirar o dolor de pecho, llama inmediatamente al 911 o acude a emergencias. 

5. NO OLVIDES TU MASCARILLA

  • El COVID-19 está circulando en nuestra comunidad. La mejor manera de protegerte del virus y por la deficiente calidad de aire es permaneciendo en casa. 
  • Si estás fuera de casa y cerca de otras personas usa una mascarilla. 
  • Las bandanas y mascarillas quirúrgicas no te protegen contra el humo de un incendio pero se recomiendan para protección contra COVID-19.
  • Reduce la cantidad de veces que te pones y quitas la mascarilla; esto evitará la acumulación de materia particular y partículas de virus.

MEE MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM ANNOUNCES CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Elsbeth Wetherill

Executive Assistant to CEO

831-385-7233

Email: ewetherill@meememorial.com

MEE MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM ANNOUNCES CEO

King City, California, August 3, 2020

Effective August 1, 2020, the Mee Memorial Board of Trustees has officially named Rena Salamacha CEO of Mee Memorial Healthcare System (MMHS) of King City, California.

Rena joined Mee Memorial 11 years ago as the Director of Information Technology. Over the years, Rena has provided leadership that drives operational efficiency through process improvement, standardization and reduction of clinical variations ensuring the delivery of high quality and cost-effective care. During Rena’s tenure at Mee Memorial she has also held additional executive roles as the Chief Information Officer and Chief Strategy and Technology Officer as well as Chief Operations Officer.

Prior to joining Mee Memorial, Rena spent 9 years in hospital finance and healthcare information technology roles. Her previous experience in hospital finance and revenue cycle has been an asset to her leadership.

Rena has a master’s degree in Management and Systems with a concentration in Leadership and Strategy from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from University of Phoenix. Rena is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration. She has been serving as interim CEO since November 15, 2019.

“We are excited to have such an accomplished professional at the helm of our healthcare system during this period of significant change and challenge,” said Mee Board Chair, Michael Howard, “and we are confident Rena can help navigate our medical service improvements while maintaining a high level of community trust.”

Please join the Board of Trustees in congratulating Rena in her official role.

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If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with a Mee staff member, please contact Elsbeth Wetherill @ ewetherill@meememorial.com or 831-385-7233

MEE MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM DESIGNATED CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITAL

Contact: Elsbeth Wetherill 

831-385-7233

Email: ewetherill@meememorial.com

MEE MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM DESIGNATED CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITAL
Mee Memorial Healthcare System (MMHS) of King City recently earned certification as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH). The several years’ long pursuit by MMHS to achieve CAH designation has been successful, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approving the hospital’s participation in the program.


“Lower patient volumes, higher expenses and changes in reimbursement are affecting hospitals of all sizes across the region and country. Achieving Critical Access Hospital status is one of the significant strategic planning steps
taken by Mee Memorial Healthcare System to address these challenges and ensure the long-term success of the hospital,” said, Mee Memorial Healthcare System CEO Rena Salamacha.

The CAH designation was created by Congress through the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 in response to a string of rural hospital closures during the 1980s and early 1990s. Eligible hospitals must meet the following conditions to obtain CAH designation:


• Have 25 or fewer acute care inpatient beds
• Be located more than 35 miles from another hospital
• Maintain an annual average length of stay of 96 hours or less for acute care patients
• Provide 24/7 emergency care services


CAH designation is designed to reduce the financial vulnerability of rural hospitals and improve access to
healthcare by keeping essential services available in rural communities. CAHs receive benefits such as cost-based
reimbursement for Medicare services, and the designation will result in more in reimbursement annually for Mee
Memorial at this critical time

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Contacto: Elsbeth Wetherill

831-385-7233

Correo electrónico: ewetherill@meememorial.com

MEE MEMORIAL SISTEMA DE ATENCIÓN MÉDICO DESIGNADO COMO HOSPITAL DE ACCESO CRITICO.

Mee Memorial Sistema del Cuidado de la Salud (MMHS) de King City obtuvo recientemente la certificación como Hospital de Acceso Crítico (HAC). La búsqueda de varios años por parte de MMHS para lograr la designación de HAC ha sido exitosa, con los Centros de Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid aprobando la participación del hospital en el programa.

“Los volúmenes de pacientes más bajos, los gastos más altos y los cambios en el reembolso están afectando a hospitales de todos los tamaños en toda la región y el país. Lograr el estado de acceso crítico al hospital es uno de los pasos importantes de planificación estratégica tomados por Mee Memorial Sistema del Cuidado de la Salud para abordar estos desafíos y garantizar el éxito a largo plazo del hospital “, dijo el CEO de Mee Memorial Sistema del Cuidado de la Salud, Rena Salamacha.


La designación de HAC fue creada por el Congreso a través de la Ley de Presupuesto Equilibrado de 1997 en respuesta a una serie de cierres de hospitales rurales durante los años ochenta y principios de los noventa. Los hospitales elegibles deben cumplir las siguientes condiciones para obtener la designación de HAC:

Tener 25 o menos camas para pacientes hospitalizados con cuidados agudos

• Estar ubicado a más de 35 millas de otro hospital

• Mantener una estadía promedio anual de 96 horas o menos para pacientes de cuidados agudos

• Proporcionar servicios de atención de emergencia las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana

La designación de HAC está diseñada para reducir la vulnerabilidad financiera de los hospitales rurales y mejorar el acceso a la atención médica al mantener los servicios esenciales disponibles en las comunidades rurales. Los HAC reciben beneficios tales como el reembolso basado en el costo de los servicios de Medicare, y la designación dará como resultado un mayor reembolso anual de Mee Memorial en este crítico momento.