Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Organizations in Chandler Work to Fight Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Arizona is in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis.

The number of people who were treated in Arizona emergency rooms for heroin overdoses and prescription drug overdoses both increased from 2013 to 2014, the last year for which complete statistics are available.

As the state’s most populous county, Maricopa County has been hit hard by the state’s rising rates of heroin and prescription drug overdoses — but efforts are underway to help individuals in Gilbert and other communities throughout the county.

In Maricopa County, throughout Arizona, and across the United States, the opioid problem has been fueled by dramatic increases in the abuse of prescription painkillers. Regardless of whether a person begins to use a prescription painkiller for a medical or recreational purpose, the abuse of these drugs can lead to calamitous outcomes, including addiction, overdose, and death.

In an effort to prevent the legitimate medical use of prescription painkillers from turning into abuse, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey recently signed into law legislation that limits the number of prescription painkillers that can be provided to individuals whose healthcare is funded by either Medicare or the state of Arizona.

“These large prescriptions of highly addictive substances are incredibly dangerous, and we have to take action now,” the governor said in an announcement that accompanied his signing of the legislation. “By limiting the fills of prescriptions for all state health plans, we hope to encourage private companies to consider similar action.”

But the state level is not the only place where steps are being taken to fight back against Arizona’s opioid epidemic. In Chandler, Arizona, the city’s police department has partnered with area school districts, Chandler Regional Medical Center, and other area organizations to educate people about the risks of prescription painkiller abuse, prevent the over-prescribing of painkillers, and ensure that people who are struggling with pain can find relief without abusing or becoming addicted to prescription painkillers.

The Chandler-area task force also includes groups from Gilbert, a nearby city in Maricopa County. Participants are hopeful that more effective communication and coordination among public and private organizations in these two Maricopa County cities will increase the likelihood that people who may once have been pushed into prescription painkiller abuse will instead be directed toward healthier options.

Dr. Sandy Indermuhle, who is affiliated with Chandler Behavioral Health, discussed this aspect of the task force in a July 15 article on

“One of the other things I try to impress on my patients who have chronic pain is really alternatives,” Dr. Indermuhle said in the July article. “Pain medication is not the only answer. Because of our strong relationships with the many of the rehabilitation centers, we are able to call and make that a lot more easy for that family,” she said.

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