At Doctor Satey Pediatrics Clinics, Fariborz Satey, M.D., has a list of important patient safety protocols that continue to be essential for his two north Los Angeles County clinics in the communities of Palmdale and Lancaster.
But ensuring there is enough personal protective equipment (PPE) to provide care to about 1,000 patients who walk through the doors of his clinics each month has been challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic.
That’s why it was such a welcome sight to receive boxes of PPEs arrive from Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan, which recently distributed 3,500 PPEs such as face masks, gowns and sanitizers to seven clinics that primarily serve Medi-Cal beneficiaries in the Los Angeles area.
“I feel very strongly about how we are managing and caring for our patients in a time they need us the most,” Dr. Satey said.” We’ve kept our clinics open and follow CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control) rigorous guidelines because the implications aren’t just for us and patients. It puts our whole community at risk. And we are grateful for the support of Blue Shield Promise to meet that challenge.”
The supplies were donated as many medical providers face both financial strain during the public health crisis and greater difficulty finding PPEs for purchase at reasonable prices.
“Our commitment is to continue to find ways to support our providers especially for those who are supporting our underserved communities,” said Hugo Florez, vice president of provider network at Blue Shield Promise. “We want Dr. Satey and other providers to know that we are here for them as they continue to serve our members and the larger community.”
Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan and its parent company Blue Shield of California are nonprofit health plans that continue to provide support for their members, physicians, hospitals and the larger community during the public health crisis.
This month, Blue Shield Promise and L.A. Care Health Plan are providing 7,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to support Los Angeles students as they prepare for the new school year. In May, the two health plans participated in the Sowing Seeds for Life drive-through food pantry. This is in addition to the $350,000 Blue Shield Promise donated to support their members and providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients included community-based organizations serving Blue Shield members and who were engaged in meal distribution to school age children, seniors and high-risk members isolated at home, domestic violence support and community solution response efforts.