Supporting the Community During the Pandemic

Meet El Rio Health Employees, this week’s Ben’s Bells Project #Bellee! Nancy Johnson nominated them for their work supporting the community during the pandemic.

Since March 11, 2020, the employees at El Rio Community Health Center have been the community front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been supportive, caring, and positive with over 17,000 Tucsonans who they have tested for the virus. They have worked weekends and evenings to assure that our patients have had access to telehealth visits when needed and could have their questions and concerns answered by a registered nurse.

The nurses and physicians have collaborated with local organizations and hotels to keep the homeless population safe and have tested many in nursing homes and congregate living spaces for the virus. Our employees have served as the screening team for our local utility company to assure essential workers do not spread the virus leading to instability of our community infrastructure. The El Rio Health Employees have done this with strength, grace, a smile, and great kindness. I am humbled and honored to work with this great team!

If you know someone who inspires kindness within the Greater Tucson, Phoenix, or Connecticut community, nominate them for a Ben’s Bell!