Stepping Up: Sharon Regional, JA, Broadway Recovery

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Business Journal is asking companies and organizations to tell us how they are faring and what they are doing to help others through this pandemic crisis.

We call this series “Stepping Up.” Segments will continue to be posted during the crisis.

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Sharon Regional Medical Center

SHARON, Pa. – Sharon Regional Medical Center has installed new temperature screening devices to better improve health safety for those coming into the hospital.

The Dual Spectrum Body Temperature Measurement Camera System can read temperatures of multiple people at once with accuracy with 0.54 degrees.

“In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Sharon Regional opted to make the investment in this screening technology to provide an additional layer of safety for our patients, visitors, employees and medical staff,” says Jerel Humphrey, interim president of the hospital. “We are confident that this system will provide another tool in our ongoing commitment to prevent the spread of this disease in our community.”

The cameras are not medical devices and will not be used to diagnose COVID-19. If the system detects a temperature above 100.1, they will then have their temperature taken manually to determine if they need further screening in the hopsital’s emergency department. 

“The presence of a fever is one of the most common symptoms of the disease,” says Dr. Elias Shattahi, a certified infectious disease physician at Sharon Regional. “By restricting people that have a fever from entering the hospital, this substantially decreases the likelihood that the virus will be spread to employees and other patients and/or visitors in the hospital.”

Steward Medical Group, which operates Sharon Regional, has also instituted other safety measures at all its sites, including the requirement for all visitors to wear face masks, social distance and no visitors, except for pediatric patients, mothers and babies, end-of-life cases and other special circumstances.

Junior Achievement

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. – Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania has released a cache of resource for teachers, parents and caregivers to help students through their digital education during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The site, which can be found here, features videos, JA program and at-home activities for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Also included is the JA Virtual Speaker Series, a collection of videos made by local volunteers, and Making Sense: Understanding the Financial Impact of COVID-19.

“During this unique time in our community, we are doing our part to help ensure students continue their education at-home and help parents, caregivers and teachers make the most out of at-home-learning,” says Dennis Gilfoyle, president and CEO of the Junior Achievement chapter. “Our goal is to help young people better understand what’s happening. April is Financial Literacy Month, and this is a really important time to be sharing this kind of information.”

Broadway Recovery Services

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – With many people cut off from their usual support systems, Broadway Recovery Services has taken its treatment programs digital.

The nonprofit has launched virtual 12 Step meetings and holds weekly conference calls with all residents to address any concerns they have.

The group has also distributed booklets on mental, physical and spiritual wellness to help residents through their recovery process.

Each week, the residents work at St. Vincent DePaul to assemble grocery packages, work that is more needed than ever as people across the area are out of work. 

Broadway Recovery is also seeking donations for the renovation of its office. Needed are 25 sheets of drywall, joint compound, five gallons of interior paint, 1,000 square feet of flooring, electrical outlets and baseboard trimming. 

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