Physical, as well as, emotional safety of our patients is a primary objective of our organization. Each of our clinics is held to strict health and safety standards in order to maintain a safe environment. Following are some of the ways in which we promote the health, welfare, and safety of each person entering our facilities:
- We comply with strict local, state, and national licensing and accreditation standards such as those imposed by the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, Value Options, Arkansas Department of Health, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, and various local requirements.
- Strict staff/child ratios are maintained that typically exceed those required by the Division of Child Care Licensing.
- The majority of our staff are trained in CPR/First Aid and 100% of our staff are certified annually to be free of contagious tuberculosis.
- Full-time nurses are employed at each location.
- Regular training on a wide-range of topics is held to ensure that staff members remain abreast of important issues and policies and procedures.
- First-Aid kits and protocols, as well as personal protective equipment, are located in every treatment room, nurse’s office, and vehicle.
- Mental Health Professionals, including licensed counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists, are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure that patients can receive assistance even when our offices are closed.
Our health and safety plan addresses the day-to-day safety of our patients, family members, and employees. Ascent has developed written plans regarding infection control, exposure to blood-borne pathogens, and emergency safety protocols. Employees receive training on these topics at least annually.
Drills for fire and tornado are conducted monthly, while earthquake, violence prevention, and bomb threat drills are conducted quarterly. All patients, employees, and visitors in the building at the time of the drills are required to participate. Drill results are analyzed on a quarterly basis for performance improvement. Should an actual emergency arise which requires us to seek emergency shelter for employees and patients, each clinic has a pre-determined location that will be used for temporary shelter. This location is communicated to patients/parents at intake and is posted on the clinic’s Parent Information Board.
All relevant information and issues regarding health and safety are promptly communicated to the clinic staff and patients/families by the Clinic Director or designee.