Advanced Safe Living at Artis in Bethesda, MD
Partners in advancing safe living.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Artis Senior Living of Bethesda, MD, launched many new protocols in an effort to ensure resident health and safety. As we continue to navigate these challenging times, Artis is proud to lead the way through our partnership with renowned physicians from Johns Hopkins University.
Together, we’ve created the Artis Safety Council, a dedicated initiative to enhance our already high level of care and commitment to the safety and well-being of the residents, associates, and families who make up our extended Artis family.
Artis Senior Living acted swiftly and proactively during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the safety and well-being of our residents, families, and associates while maintaining a sense of normalcy in the communities. Watch our “A Day in the Life at Artis During COVID-19” video to see what a typical day now looks like for our residents and associates while maintaining our safety protocols.
Our Core Areas of Focus:
Refine Protocols and Ongoing Safety Recommendations
- Introduce cleaning and sanitation protocols.
- Use PPE as effective tools against risk of infection or virus spread.
- Implement testing approaches that will help Artis residents, families and associates.
Add of Nursing Support Team
- Ensure proper training for all Artis associates across all communities.
- Continually monitor safety protocols and identify opportunities for enhancements.
- Act as a resource to implement new procedures as they’re needed.
Provide Artis with the Latest in Scientific Data
- Place our residents first-in-line for scientific breakthroughs and approved vaccines.
- Proactively look ahead and prepare for other issues that could arise.
A Message from Frank Wehr, Chief Operating Officer for Artis Senior Living
September 1, 2021
To Our Artis Families:
Around the world, we have spent the last year and a half facing the reality of the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced on our lives. To this day, we actively track the cases, percentages and mandates of the state and county that our community resides within to ensure we have the most up to date information to make the best decisions for our residents, our associates and all their loved ones.
As you likely know from media reports, most of our nation is facing a resurgence in infections, hospitalizations and even deaths. For this reason, Artis Senior Living is announcing that all associates will be required to have, at a minimum, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by November 1, 2021. As of the same date, all new associates will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Please note that certain accommodations and exceptions may be granted in accordance with applicable laws.
Based on extensive data afforded to us through the Artis Safety Council, our partnership with the physicians of Johns Hopkins Medicine and now with approval from the FDA, we believe that this is the only possible decision to best protect our residents and associates and the people they love most.
As you know, one of the most important guiding principles of the Artis family is the Ability to Have a Voice. Throughout this pandemic we have listened carefully to our residents, our associates and their families, and we’ve considered the voices of each one before coming to this incredibly important decision. While we would have preferred to continue a voluntary process, our commitment to safety outweighs the concerns with imposing this requirement.
We appreciate your continued support, patience and understanding in what has been one of our most challenging times, and we hope that this decision gives you continued confidence in the care that we are providing to your loved one. Please know as we continue to navigate this pandemic, we do so with the goal of keeping every member of our Artis family as safe as possible, and that family includes each of you.
We must all do our part to help reduce the number of people affected by this virus in any way we can. We hope that if you have not done so already, you will consider getting vaccinated for not only the protection of your loved one, but also for their neighbors, the associates who care for them each day and all their families.
Frank Wehr, Chief Operating Officer of Artis Senior Living Management, LLC, and its affiliates
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