PRIME Partners with CCJV to Deliver N95 Masks to Louisiana Communities

In recent weeks, PRIME Occupational Medicine has partnered with Chiyoda International and McDermott to donate thousands of N95 masks to various communities and workforces across Louisiana. 

As COVID-19 spread throughout the state, countless public service organizations faced a shortage of the equipment needed to safely perform their duties. When Chiyoda and McDermott, both part of the CCJV joint venture project team, discovered they had pallets of unused N95 masks at a jobsite, they knew this would be a great opportunity to give back in a time of need. 

“On behalf of the CCJV joint venture project team of McDermott and Chiyoda, it is our honor to support the local medical community with this donation of N95 masks,” says Andy Dadosky, Vice President and Project Director for CCJV. “Our healthcare professionals are on the frontlines caring for our community during this unprecedented health crisis. This is one small way we can help.”

With PRIME Occupational Medicine as the duo’s medical provider, they tasked the company with finding groups across the state that could greatly benefit from the N95s. PRIME immediately reached out and delivered to hospitals, law enforcement departments, prisons, blood donation centers and a variety of other businesses across southern Louisiana and eastern Texas. 

The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association, Louisiana State Police, Woman’s Hospital, CHRISTUS Health, Ochsner, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge General, Louisiana National Guard and several other government agencies were among the many state entities that received donations. PRIME Occupational Medicine was happy to match the N95 mask donation by contributing various other personal protective equipment items.

“Our goal is to ensure that people are protected and can continue to work in this atmosphere. Our mission is to protect the health and safety of all workforces, and we are happy to assist McDermott and Chiyoda in this trying time,” says Dr. Luke Lee, Corporate Medical Director of Prime Occupational Medicine.

PRIME Corporate Medical Solutions

At PRIME Occupational Medicine, we work hard to provide your company with the things it needs to remain safe and operate smoothly. Through our 24-hour physician standby services, case management special reports and regulatory compliance assistance and many other services, we deliver the support you need.

A Letter From Dr. Lee

The past several weeks have been difficult for us all. The news is dominated by the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, and is rapidly changing, which has affected us all in one way or another. In times like these, it is critical to keep a balanced perspective and consider all facts. Adversity is not new to people. History tells us the human response always rises to the challenges faced, and we are confident that this time will be no different.
While nobody knows exactly what the coming days, weeks or months will bring, we can prepare for various scenarios. During uncertain times we often see an uptick in bad actors trying to exploit an individual’s anxiety, or even generosity. Whenever you make any judgment, it’s important to consider the source of the data that you receive. We wanted to personally reach out and let you know that Prime’s physician leadership team has taken this extremely seriously and is meeting everyday to improve our responses in a timely manner.
We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the spread of the virus. Our focus is to ensure we meet our customers, the employer-clients as well as their employees, needs while doing our part to keep you, Prime staff, and our communities safe.
Many of you are managers of your enterprise. Your family and your employee’s health, welfare and safety are of paramount importance to you. We have developed detailed guidelines related to how we would recommend that you and your family protect yourself. Since the situation is rapidly changing, please send an email to covid19@primeoccmed.com for a current copy of the “Employee Guide.”
From a business resiliency perspective, we advise you to have comprehensive plans in place to ensure that your employees remain safe. Prime is doing our utmost to achieve the same goals while remaining ready and able to serve you with the best of professional services, without disruption. As you may already know, OSHA has stated that it is the employer’s responsibility to protect their employees from contracting COVID-19 from the workplace by classifying COVID-19 as a “recordable” disease. We have also developed an “Employer Guide” to COVID-19. Again, you can send an email to covid19@primeoccmed.com to receive a current copy of the guide.
If you happen to visit a Prime facility, you may notice some changes are evident. Our facilities that are located in areas of widespread community spread are already screening all persons entering the facility, including Prime employees. The remainder of our facilities will implement the same process as the situation dictates. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but we feel it is the appropriate step to take in protecting not only our employees but yours as well.
Additionally, we encourage you to visit our website at PRIMEOCCMED.COM for current responses to protect you and our staff.
Above all, we want you to know that you can continue to rely on the global resources and stability of Prime and our international partner, International SOS. We stand with you, ready to help, offer advice and share our best thinking on how to manage through this period.
Thank you for your continued trust and confidence in us.
Luke Lee, MD, MPH, CIME

Preparing for COVID-19

The past several weeks have been difficult for us all. The news is dominated by the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, and is rapidly changing, which has affected us all in one way or another. In times like these, it is critical to keep a balanced perspective and consider all facts. Adversity is not new to people. History tells us the human response always rises to the challenges faced, and we are confident that this time will be no different.

While nobody knows exactly what the coming days, weeks or months will bring, we can prepare for various scenarios. During uncertain times we often see an uptick in bad actors trying to exploit an individual’s anxiety, or even generosity. Whenever you make any judgment, it’s important to consider the source of the data that you receive. We wanted to personally reach out and let you know that Prime’s physician leadership team has taken this extremely seriously and is meeting everyday to improve our responses in a timely manner.

We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the spread of the virus. Our focus is to ensure we meet our customers, the employer-clients as well as their employees, needs while doing our part to keep you, Prime staff, and our communities safe.

Many of you are managers of your enterprise. Your family and your employee’s health, welfare and safety are of paramount importance to you. We have developed detailed guidelines related to how we would recommend that you and your family protect yourself. Since the situation is rapidly changing, please send an email to covid19@primeoccmed.com for a current copy of the “Employee Guide.”

From a business resiliency perspective, we advise you to have comprehensive plans in place to ensure that your employees remain safe. Prime is doing our utmost to achieve the same goals while remaining ready and able to serve you with the best of professional services, without disruption. As you may already know, OSHA has stated that it is the employer’s responsibility to protect their employees from contracting COVID-19 from the workplace by classifying COVID-19 as a “recordable” disease. We have also developed an “Employer Guide” to COVID-19. Again, you can send an email to covid19@primeoccmed.com to receive a current copy of the guide.

If you happen to visit a Prime facility, you may notice some changes are evident. Our facilities that are located in areas of widespread community spread are already screening all persons entering the facility, including Prime employees. The remainder of our facilities will implement the same process as the situation dictates. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but we feel it is the appropriate step to take in protecting not only our employees but yours as well.

Additionally, we encourage you to visit our website at PRIMEOCCMED.COM for current responses to protect you and our staff .

Above all, we want you to know that you can continue to rely on the global resources and stability of Prime and our international partner, International SOS. We stand with you, ready to help, offer advice and share our best thinking on how to manage through this period.

Thank you for your continued trust and confidence in us.

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Medical Marijuana: What Employees Need to Know

Last month, we hosted an Occupational Health Insights panel focused on medical marijuana in the workplace. Comprised of several health industry professionals, including PRIME’s medical director and founder, Dr. Luke Lee, panelists discussed the topic and the countless things employers should be aware of.

With Louisiana’s medical marijuana program starting earlier this year, many participants were interested in its potential impact. The discussion covered several potential problem areas including insurance coverage, workers’ compensation and the enforcement of pre-existing company policies. “A lot of companies feel an ethical responsibility not only to protect their workers but also the community,” said Dr. Lee.

Read The Advocate’s coverage of the panel here.

Flu Season Tips

During this time of the year, it is extremely important to keep your health in check. Every year, a large number of people fall ill to the flu virus, preventing them from working and enjoying everyday activities. While we cannot ensure that you won’t catch the virus, we can provide some tips that will help prevent the flu from spreading.

To prevent the spread of the seasonal flu, follow these steps:

  • Get your annual flu shot. While this may sound obvious, several people skip out on this vaccination every year. Why not be cautious and lower your chances of catching it?
  • If you have already fallen ill to the flu, remember to stay away from others. This means no work or other public activities. It is important to note that once symptoms cease, you should remain in isolation for 24 hours. After that, you’re good to return to your regular schedule.
  • If you have to interact with someone who has the flu, please wear gloves and an N95 mask. This might sound extreme, but it is a necessary precaution if you want to remain healthy.
  • Whether dealing with someone who has the flu or with someone who is seemingly healthy, always wash your hands with warm water before and after interacting with anyone. Carrying a bottle of hand sanitizer around is never a bad idea during this time of year.

We hope these tips encourage you to think smart and remain healthy during this time of the year!

PRIME Employees Achieve ISNetworld Certification

We are very excited to announce that two of our team members, Jessica Nabors and Nicholas Michel, have completed their ISNetworld user training. With only 150 certified users, this is an accomplishment we’re extremely proud of. 

Michel said, “The training involved not only the contractor side of ISNetworld, but also the hiring client side. This gives us a better understanding of what our clients are looking for when they log into their account.” 

ISNetworld is an industry-leading online contractor and supplier management platform of data-driven products and services that help manage risk and strengthen relationships. With certified ISNetworld users, we show our clients PRIME’s commitment to understanding their needs.

“Our ISNetworld training shows how dedicated we are to understanding what our clients are looking for. This certification is just another thing that we do to set ourselves apart while showing that PRIME puts its client’s needs first,” says Nabors. 

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