HEALTH ALERTS: For the safety of our patients and staff only patients will be allowed into our clinics (special exceptions made for clinic visits and first treatment visits) and everyone MUST wear a mask. Click below for important news at Compass about COVID and our new visitor policy.  Emergency Blood and Platelet Shortage in Portland/Vancouver. Your blood donation is essential to maintaining our community’s health. To schedule to give this week click on the link below.

More Info

Compass COVID-19 Weekly Update

***For Compass Staff Only***


The Compass Coronavirus briefing will be sent once weekly on Tuesday’s. The weekly briefing will be condensed with only new information/updates being provided. You can view a comprehensive version by following this link https://compassoncology.com/compass-covid-19-weekly-update/


UPDATED:  October 13, 2021

For continued questions regarding vaccinations and the “Booster” or “3rd dose” here is some information along with FAQ documents for patients and staff.

BOOSTERS and 3rd Doses

Currently thePfizer COVID-19 Vaccine is the only vaccine with a recommendation for a booster.     

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccine have 3rd dose recommendations for people who are  Immunocompromised.

If you had your 2nd dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine more than 6                        

months ago, you may be able to get a booster shot. The FDA and

CDC authorized a booster shot for these groups:

them at risk for severe COVID-19 illness.

  • People ages 18+ who are at greater risk of COVID-19 exposure

because of their workplaces or institutional settings.

What if I can’t get a booster yet? Am I still protected?

Yes! If you completed your 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or you had 1

dose of Johnson & Johnson, you are still considered fully vaccinated by

the CDC and very well protected from severe illness and death.

 

 
   

VACCINES:

If you have received a booster of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine-please provide a copy to your manager.

 

 

UPDATED:  September 10, 2021

 

Below is an FAQ  for answering questions that patients may have regarding vaccination and the 3rd dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

VACCINES:

If you have not provided your vaccine card to your manager, please do so.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ’s for Patients - Sept 8, 2021

 

  1. What do we know about the COVID-19 vaccine?
    1. The COVID vaccine is not a live vaccine and, in most cases, will be safe for our staff and patients during treatment (radiation and chemotherapy, both oral and IV).
    2. FDA granted use of three vaccines under an ‘Emergency Use Authorization’ (EUA) for prevention of COVID-19.
      • Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine persons aged 12 and older.
      • Moderna vaccine for persons 18 years and older.
      • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine for persons 18 years and older.
    3. Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine received full FDA approval for persons aged 12 and older on August 23, 2021.  FDA applications for the other two vaccines are in review.

 

  1. What do we know about administration of the COVID-19 vaccines?
    1. Pfizer vaccine is given as an intramuscular injection of 0.3 ml in 2 doses given 3 weeks apart.
    2. Modern vaccine is given as an intramuscular injection of 0.5 ml in 2 doses given 4 weeks apart.
    3. Janssen is given as an intramuscular injection of 0.5 ml in 1 dose.
    4. Third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were approved under the EUA by the FDA and recommended by the CDC on August 12/13, 2021 for immunocompromised patients who may not have mounted an adequate immune response to the initial two dose series.
    5. At this time there is no 2nd dose of the Janssen vaccine approved or recommended.
    6. Recommendations for a booster shot to boost waning immunity from the first vaccine series for immunocompetent persons is pending data to demonstrate need.

 

  1. As a cancer patient do I fall into the high risk categories to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the third dose? (see question 5)
    1. Most patients with cancer are at a higher risk than the general population for suffering severe consequences from a COVID-19 infection, regardless of the type of treatment they are undergoing.

 

  1. Will the COVID -19 vaccine have negative effects on my cancer treatment?
    1. It is unlikely the COVID-19 vaccine will affect cancer treatment, but very little is known right now about the interactions of the vaccine with cancer therapy.

 

  1. Who is eligible for the third dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccine?
    1. Undergoing active treatment for cancers including leukemias and lymphomas
    2. Recipients of solid organ transplants and taking immunosuppressant therapy
    3. Recipients of CAR-T or hematopoietic stem cell transplant – advisable to check with your hematologist as to appropriate timing
    4. Active or untreated HIV infection (CD4 <200 cells/uL)
    5. Active treatments with immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory medications for non-cancer related diagnoses

 

  1. When can I receive the third dose? Do I need to receive the same vaccine for the third dose?
    1. For those who received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series; a third dose of the same vaccine can be received any time after 28 days since the 2nd dose.

 

  1. Will Compass provide the COVID-19 vaccine? (see question 9)
    1. Compass will not provide the vaccine to employees or patients.
      • There are many outlets to receive the vaccine, including health clinics, and pharmacies.

 

  1. Will Compass provide a letter to patients indicating they are in a high-risk category and therefore a higher priority to receive the vaccine or the third dose?
    1. Vaccine availability is not restricted at this time and we do not anticipate that any of our patients or employees will not be able to get access to the vaccine, including third doses.

 

  1. Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
    1. We recommend checking with your PCP, pharmacies, and websites for options. E.g.: https://www.vaccines.gov/ is one website where you can enter your zip code to find vaccine
  • Pharmacies: Walgreens, Rite Aid both have online scheduling options
  • REMEMBER TO TAKE YOUR VACCINE CARD with you when getting third dose

 

  1. How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?
  1. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
  • COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials, and data from these clinical trials suggests the vaccines are safe.
    • Safety is continuing to be closely scrutinized by the regulatory agencies that are responsible for approval and recommendation of the vaccines.
  1. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines.
    • Over 351 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in the United States since December 2020. To date, safety signals show the vaccines to be safe for the vast majority of people.
  1. How long will the COVID-19 vaccine provide protection?
    1. Nobody knows how long the protection will last.  The three coronavirus vaccines authorized for use in the United States provide a high degree of protection for at least three months, based on clinical trials that began as early as July 2020.
    2. Will that protection last six months, a year, 10 years?  Nobody knows yet because nobody has been vaccinated that long.

 

  1. I have had a positive COVID 19 test; do I still need to get the vaccine?
    1. The CDC says more research is needed to fully understand how long a COVID-19 survivor is protected from getting the disease again. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. 
    2. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19.

 

  1. Will we still have to wear masks and social distance at Compass Oncology after we have had the COVID-19 vaccine?
    1. Compass will maintain infection prevention precautions, including masks, social distancing, handwashing, and physical barriers, until it is deemed safe to do otherwise by the CDC, state, and local health agencies.

Additional Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html2021   Accessed Sept 8, 2021

 - Note CDC resources are updated as information is available  


UPDATED; September 2, 2021

In late July, we revamped our Covid screening policy and process.  During that time, all employees signed an attestation that they would not come to work if feeling ill or experiencing any Covid-like symptoms.  

It is well-understood that the COVID Delta variant is rapidly spreading in our community.  We are reminding you again to stay home if you are feeling unwell.

If you're sick, please stay home.

  • Have you had a fever greater than 100.4 in the last 24 hours?
  • Do you have a new or recent cough?
  • Do you have any other new or recent respiratory symptoms?
  • Have you had any recent loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you been around anyone currently being tested for or with a confirmed case of the Coronavirus in the last 14 days?
  • Have you been tested for or had a confirmed case of the coronavirus in the last 14 days?

Symptoms to Self-Monitor For:

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms.

 

VACCINES:

If you have not provided your vaccine card to your manager, please do so.


UPDATED: August 26, 2021

With increasing cases in both Oregon and Washington we want to remind everyone of some basic steps to keep yourself, your co-workers, and our patients safe in our facilities.

 

The Compass Coronavirus Briefing today is focusing on PPE, cleaning, masking, handwashing, and process for a high risk patient in clinic.

 

Staying Safe:

  • Please wear your mask at all times when in the clinic, except when eating or drinking in an approved break area only
  • Please wash your hands with soap and water and utilize hand sanitizer when washing with soap and water are not readily available. Please be visible with hand hygiene, patients need to see that we mean clean business.
  • Please ask patients/visitors to put their masks on if you notice that they have removed them.
  • Please wipe down work stations. Bleach wipes or diluted bleach is available to wipe down work stations beginning and end of day and as necessary
  • Break rooms: washing hands before preparing/eating food.  Cleaning outside of microwave; and table area with diluted bleach before and after using.  Rinsing off and placing in dishwasher any Compass dishes used.

Cleaning and Other Medical Supplies -See Attachment

 

Compass Oncology PPE Donning and High Risk Patient in Clinic – See Attachment (Video included by Dr. Arscott)

 

How to Wash Your Hands:

Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Hand Sanitizers:

Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However,

  • Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.
  • Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
  • Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals.

 

How to use Hand Sanitizer:

  • Place about a dime size portion of hand sanitizer to the palm of one hand
  • Rub your hands together.

Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.

 

Masking:

 

 

 

VACCINES:

If you have not provided your vaccine card to your manager, please do so.

 

 

UPDATED: August 11, 2021

With Covid cases again on the rise, both WA and OR governors have issued proclamations regarding vaccine requirements for those who work in healthcare settings.

Compass is reviewing what will be required from each state and how it will impact our employees.

More information will be communicated to staff as we learn what these new requirements will entail.  

We continue to strongly encourage those who are unvaccinated at this time to do so.

If you need information on how to get your vaccine, please see the links/information below to locate a vaccine. 

 

VACCINES:

If you have not provided your vaccine card to your manager, please do so.

 

For those who are interested in getting vaccinated the following links will take you to the OR and WA health departments for locating a vaccination site.

For those employees that live in WA, information for obtaining a vaccine through Peace Health SW is available by contacting Angie Sims.

Oregon: https://govstatus.egov.com/find-covid-19-vaccine

Washington: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/vaccine

 

Credena Health Pharmacy at PPMC https://book-ch.appointment-plus.com/d13rxsq2/#/

Town Halls:

 

Click here to listen to the recording of the 8/5 Town Hall.  The meeting’s Powerpoint is attached.


https://compass-oncology.zoom.us/rec/share/W9jbTTl8W5z1Cj4bI6X15ZOQZAxzTrHQVirxp8RJNza59C6zGEpMYqkNi9gvqCJI.m27t1rBEb4OTCQhc

Passcode: S=3?AQ%e

 

NEW! We will be taking LIVE Questions on the Town Hall

 

Please share your questions/comments/suggestions at info@compassoncology.com

PLEASE JOIN THE NEXT ALL STAFF COMPASS  BROADCAST TOWN HALL

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021
7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m.

 


UPDATED: July 2, 2021

Washington and Oregon Re-opening:

Governors Kate Brown and Jay Inslee lifted the vast majority of COVID-19 restrictions, indoor masking, physical distancing requirements, capacity limits, in Oregon and Washington as of Wednesday, June 30, 2021 for many industries/facilities but NOT ALLAt this time, indoor masking and physical distancing requirements remain in effect for all healthcare facilities.   

If you receive masking inquiries from patients or visitors, please let them know that the CDC, Washington L&I, and Oregon OSHA continue to require indoor masking and physical distancing in all healthcare facilities, regardless of COVID vaccination status.  All Compass staff, patients and visitors should continue to mask while inside a Compass facility. 

This information has been posted on our website and we are working to update needed fliers and our reminder call script.

COVID Screening Updates:

In March of 2020, at the onset of the pandemic, Governors Jay Inslee and Kate Brown issued stay-at-home orders in the states of Washington and Oregon respectively. Compass Oncology, our physicians, our staff and their families, and our patients came to understand a new reality. Here, we found new and innovative ways to care for our patients, and we do it better than anyone else.

With the continued progress to a new normal, that looks more like the “old normal,” Compass too continues to evolve and change.

Based on federal and states guidelines, current vaccination rates in Clark, Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties, and the internal vaccination rate of Compass employees, we have decided to adjust our screening process for patients, visitors, and staff.  In the coming weeks, Compass Oncology will stop actively taking temperatures upon entering a facility and alter the way we assess for possible symptoms of COVID.

As we develop and refine our screening processes, Compass will continue to hold the safety of everyone who enters our facilities as one of our highest priorities

Updated screening policies for patients, visitors and employees will be sent soon.


UPDATED: May 28, 2021

As risk levels decrease and some restrictions lift due to vaccine rates, case rates, and hospitalizations, the Compass Coronavirus Task Force continues to re-evaluate our restrictions.

Beginning Tuesday 6/1/2021 the Compass visitor policy will allow 1 visitor (16+ years old) per patient for clinic visits and their 1st infusion visit as long as distancing, masking, safety protocols can be maintained.  

Patients with disabilities will continue to be allowed 1 visitor for each subsequent visit.

Below is the new signage for the clinics and information will be updated on the Compass Website and on the phones.


UPDATED:  May 14, 2021

Compass colleagues,

You may have heard that both the CDC and OHA have lifted most masking requirements for vaccinated people.  This relaxation does not apply to healthcare facilities.  The CDC recommendations for healthcare providers/facilities remains unchanged.

Compass Oncology will continue current policies for masking, distancing, and other protective measures.  Please continue to follow our protocols.

We will continue to assess things in the coming weeks as we hear more sector specific guidance from CDC and state health agencies.

Thank you in advance for your support in keeping our patients and each other safe.

 

VACCINES:

Please be sure you get a copy of your vaccine card to your manager.

For those who are interested in getting vaccinated the following links will take you to the OR and WA health departments for locating a vaccination site.

For those employees that live in WA, information for obtaining a vaccine through Peace Health SW is available by contacting Angie Sims.

Oregon: https://govstatus.egov.com/find-covid-19-vaccine

Washington: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/vaccine

 

Credena Health Pharmacy at PPMC https://book-ch.appointment-plus.com/d13rxsq2/#/

Town Halls:

Thursday, May 6, 2021 -


CLICK on the link below to view the meeting. You will need the password below to get access.

To view a recording of the Town Hall click here:

 

https://compass-oncology.zoom.us/rec/share/ElbjtNWZqzbDn7PJsWpH6h_4mYTIhOZY5zloMa_4KYStipRgD5upne5uo6fsz6Tc.CsNFpcSDAyI1o61c

 

Passcode: hm+rs6Yt

 

NOTE:  Due to technical difficulties the first few minutes of today’s Town Hall are not included in the recording.  Most of the unrecorded content is included in the attached Powerpoint however.

 

NOTE:  When doing copy/paste of the password, no extra spaces can be included or it won’t be operable. Workaround is to manually enter the password if you are having difficulty.

PLEASE JOIN THE NEXT ALL STAFF COMPASS  BROADCAST TOWN HALL

Thursday, August 5, 2021
7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m.

 

NEW! We will be taking LIVE Questions on the Town Hall

 

Please share your questions/comments/suggestions at info@compassoncology.com


Updated April 29, 2021

The Compass COVID-19 Task Force continues to evaluate and update our policies based on CDC and state health department recommendations, OSHA guidelines, community incidence, and internal as well as community vaccination rates. 

PPE UPDATE

Three updates are detailed below:

  1. Effective Monday, May 3, 2021 we will return to our previous mask policy.  This requires a surgical mask as the base standard for everyone in the practice, unless a higher level of PPE is indicated by your job role or level of close prolonged contact with others.  

See the chart below and attached for details.   Requests for a higher level of PPE will be accommodated based on staff request, and subject to equipment availability. 

All other COVID safety policies, including visitor restrictions, distancing, and cleaning policies remain in force.

 

  1. Effective Monday, May 3, 2021 our screening policies will be updated to allow patients to keep their Compass appointment if they are awaiting COVID test results prior to a procedure with no other exposure or symptoms of COVID.  See attached revised policy for details.


Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family Leave benefits under the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act sunset on March 31, 2021.  As of April 1, these benefits are no longer available to our teams. 

We understand that the sunset of the law does not mean that the pandemic has gone away.  So, we still encourage staff to access accrued PTO for necessary time away from the practice for any reason, including those related to COVID such as quarantine due to exposure, time to get and/or recover from vaccination, or other related family circumstance. 


Updated 4/6/21


VACCINES:

Please be sure you get a copy of your vaccine card to your manager.

For those who are interested in getting vaccinated the following links will take you to the OR and WA health departments for locating a vaccination site.

For those employees that live in WA, information for obtaining a vaccine through Peace Health SW is available by contacting Angie Sims.

Oregon: https://govstatus.egov.com/find-covid-19-vaccine

Washington: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/vaccine

 

NEXT TOWN HALL:  Thursday, April 8, 2021 @ 7:30 a.m.

 


Updated 3/10/21

You may have seen or heard that the CDC published the first set of Public Health Guidelines for fully vaccinated people. These guidelines are indicated/apply to non-healthcare settings.

What does this mean at Compass -a healthcare setting serving an at risk patient population:

  • We will continue with PPE recommendations currently in place
  • Visitor restrictions and screening will continue
  • We will continue following all other current COVID safety guidelines such as distancing, use of break rooms for meals, etc.

VACCINES:

Please be sure you get a copy of your vaccine card to your manager.

 

Town Hall Recording:

Thursday, March 4, 2021 


CLICK on the link below to view the meeting. You will need the password below to get access.

https://compass-oncology.zoom.us/rec/share/ToZXZLQJ2cp0G-XiY8T3kQZ1IBjOLBn3KrqJ80QmsJWtXtNnDYrZckOsgHVnVaCJ.C77sP8CA52sdYPwV

Passcode: .ekCin7c    (the ‘period’ in the password is part of the password)

NOTE:  When doing copy/paste of the password, no extra spaces can be included or it won’t be operable. Workaround is to manually enter the password if you are having difficulty.

Please share your questions/comments/suggestions at info@compassoncology.com

 

NEXT TOWN HALL:  Thursday, April 1, 2021 @ 7:30 a.m.

 


Updated 2/17/21

VACCINES:

For those receiving their 2nd vaccine through the Portland Clinic this Saturday, please be sure you get a copy of your vaccine card to your manager sometime next week.

At this time PeaceHealth Memorial Vaccine Clinic has paused scheduling more vaccination appointments until additional vaccine supply arrives.

At this time the following message appears if trying to make an appointment through the Oregon Health Authority Vaccine page:

  • New appointments are opened on a weekly basis based on our vaccine supply. Please check back and apologies for the inconvenience.

Margaret McGuiness and Angie Sims will continue to monitor for vaccine availability.

If you have any questions please reach out to Angie Sims or Margaret McGuiness

 

Masks:  Updated 2/17/2021

Considering the vaccination effort, the pause in our testing strategy, and the community rate of infection, we will continue our current mask policy

  • This means all staff will continue to wear KN-95 masks and patients will wear surgical masks within our facilities.
  • The task force meets again in two weeks, at which time we will reassess and provide further guidance.  Sincere appreciation to everyone at Compass for all you do to keep yourself, each other, and our patients safe.

Please share your questions/comments/suggestions at info@compassoncology.com

 

February 4, 2021 Town Hall Recording:

CLICK on the link below to view the meeting. You will need the password below to get access. Attached are the slides from the town hall.

https://compass-oncology.zoom.us/rec/share/IRcqz9zf9pSaxdepTrp8phJQzJdlXcxPkS4VYjq1OhDrh4ETpCqlUWdwlwr_F7we.I_FUJI7E2eaDAYyt

Passcode: 752pfDf@

NOTE:  When doing copy/paste of the password, no extra spaces can be included or it won’t be operable. Workaround is to manually enter the password if you are having difficulty.

 

Please share your questions/comments/suggestions at info@compassoncology.com

 

NEXT TOWN HALL:  Thursday, March  4, 2021 @ 7:30 a.m.


Updated: 2/2/21

VACCINES:

At this time PeaceHealth Memorial Vaccine Clinic has paused scheduling more vaccination appointments until additional vaccine supply arrives.

 

At this time the following message appears if trying to make an appointment through the Oregon Health Authority Vaccine page:

  • New appointments are opened on a weekly basis based on our vaccine supply. Please check back and apologies for the inconvenience.

 

Margaret McGuiness and Angie Sims will continue to monitor for vaccine availability.

If you have any questions please reach out to Angie Sims or Margaret McGuiness

 

Masks:  Updated 2/2/2021

Considering the vaccination effort, the pause in our testing strategy, and the community rate of infection, we will continue our current mask policy

  • This means all staff will continue to wear KN-95 masks and patients will wear surgical masks within our facilities.

 

  • The task force meets again in two weeks, at which time we will reassess and provide further guidance.  Sincere appreciation to everyone at Compass for all you do to keep yourself, each other, and our patients safe.

 

 

Please share your questions/comments/suggestions at info@compassoncology.com

 

NEXT TOWN HALL:  Thursday, February 4, 2021 @ 7:30 a.m.


VACCINES:

An impressive 68% of our practice will receive at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week.  (Updated Jan. 22, 2021)

Those who wish to receive the vaccine after this week should email Angie Sims at angie.sims@compassoncology.com and also coordinate with your manager if you need to leave work to receive the vaccine.

 

Below are some Short/Quick Updates about the Covid Vaccines

  • These will  be further elucidated in our Employee FAQs

 

  1. Timing of 2nd doses
    1. Before the designated interval – can be given up to 4 days early
      1. Pfizer –17 days since first dose
      2. Moderna- 24 days since first dose

 

  1. After the designated interval – there is no limit on the timing of the 2nd dose
    1. This means doses can be given any time after the stated interval
      1. Pfizer – 21 days is stated interval
      2. Moderna – 28 days is stated interval
    2. So…. Please schedule your 2nd dose when there is availability at the location received the first dose

 

  1. Where to go for 2nd dose
    1. RETURN to same location for 2nd dose (eg: Legacy, Peace Health, Portland Clinic).
      1. Schedule as per availability of appointments/schedule
      2. Do not forget to get dose 2 !

 

  1. Which product for 2nd dose
    1. MUST be same as the First – If got Pfizer dose 1, get Pfzer dose 2; if got Moderna dose 1; get Moderna dose 2

 

  1. Vaccine Card
    1. Please send copy of vaccine card to your supervisor/manager after EACH dose

 

  1. Compass is continuing to monitor for options for COVID vaccine; we do not expect at this time to receive vaccine to administer on site at Compass
  2. If you have any questions please reach out to Angie Sims or Margaret McGuiness

 

Masks:  

Considering the vaccination effort, the pause in our testing strategy, and the community rate of infection, we will continue our current mask policy

  • This means all staff will continue to wear KN-95 masks and patients will wear surgical masks within our facilities.

 

  • The task force meets again in two weeks, at which time we will reassess and provide further guidance.  Sincere appreciation to everyone at Compass for all you do to keep yourself, each other, and our patients safe.

 

 

Please share your questions/comments/suggestions at info@compassoncology.com

 

NEXT TOWN HALL:  Thursday, February 4, 2021 @ 7:30 a.m.


VACCINES:

There continue to be questions around the vaccine. Please review the FAQ document attached (updated 1/12/2021).

  • On Friday 1/8/2021 we were made aware of two different avenues for staff at Compass to receive vaccinations.
  • A survey monkey was sent out to all staff to complete the survey if interested in receiving a vaccine.
  • Here is the link to the survey-Please complete the survey if you are interested in receiving a vaccine.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Compassvac

  • A huge thank you to Peace Health in Vancouver and to The Portland Clinic for their partnership in getting Compass staff vaccinated.
  • When you have received your vaccine, please send your proof of vaccination card to your supervisor/manager.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine will not be mandatory for employees at this time.
  • If you receive the vaccine, you will still need to continue with infection prevention precautions of wearing masks, social distancing, handwashing, and physical barriers until the CDC, state, and local agencies deem that is safe to discontinue these precautions.

TESTING:

  • Last week, Compass notified you of our plan to implement a testing strategy to increase COVID-19 surveillance within the practice.  Thank you to those of you who have already had blood drawn in the first phase of this to establish current antibody levels.
  • As has happened so often in this pandemic, the landscape shifted rapidly starting last Friday and continuing to evolve yesterday.  We now have a path to vaccinate everyone within Compass who would like to receive a vaccine within the next two weeks.  These vaccinations will occur at community partner sites as vaccine has not been provided to us directly by the states and we have no indication of if or when this will happen.
  • This significantly changes the basis for our testing strategy, causing us to pause and refocus our efforts on vaccination.  We will continue to offer a blood draw for staff who wish to know their current antibody status, with results communicated to you by Edwin Wai, our Director of Lab Services.  The Compass COVID-19 Task Force will reconsider the plan for saliva testing based on vaccination rates within the practice.  We appreciate the work of Edwin and Dr. David Cosgrove in developing and evolving our testing strategy.  Both have graciously agreed to field any questions you may have.

 

DRESS CODE REMINDER:

  • Just a friendly reminder that this is the last week of casual dress at the clinic sites. Starting next Monday January 18, 2021 we will return to normal dress code.

 

The Town Hall slide deck is attached for your review.

January 7, 2021 Town Hall Recording: CLICK on the link below to view the meeting. You will need the password below to get access.

https://compass-oncology.zoom.us/rec/share/FcwqYZYcBR7yt-0Ww0t3dDGB21KLYMmEsscRRAM1i_MmPKmI4NVt3krfFxMGDVjf.2hInql3rYh1GoxoV

Passcode: 1a%!#QPd

NOTE:  When doing copy/paste of the password, no extra spaces can be included or it won’t be operable. Workaround is to manually enter the password if you are having difficulty.

 

Please share your questions/comments/suggestions at info@compassoncology.com

 

NEXT TOWN HALL:  Thursday, February 4, 2021 @ 7:30 a.m.


There continue to be questions around the vaccine. Please review the FAQ document attached.

  • We have completed applications with both WA and OR state vaccine programs.
  • Alison Andre, Margaret McGuinness, and Angie Sims are following up on any additional information related to vaccine access.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine will not be mandatory for employees at this time.
  • If you receive the vaccine, you will still need to continue with infection prevention precautions of wearing masks, social distancing, handwashing, and physical barriers until the CDC, state, and local agencies deem that is safe to discontinue these precautions.

 

Recognizing the increased incidence of COVID-19 in our community, Compass is increasing our PPE protection available to staff during the holiday season.

 

  • “KN95 masks will be available for ALL providers and employees from November 27  to January 16 to offer a higher level of protection through the holiday season.
  • KN95 masks will be provided at screening and changed out  twice a week (2 masks per week)

FDA granted use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on December 11, and the Moderna vaccine on December 18 under an ‘Emergency Use Authorization’ (EUA) for prevention of 2019 COVID-19 for persons 16 years and older.

Attached is an FAQ document to answer patient questions as well as the FAQ document sent last week to answer employee questions.

Pfizer Vaccine approved for emergency use.

With the approval of the Pfizer vaccine and anticipation of other vaccine approvals there have been many questions from staff and patients. Attached is an FAQ document to guide you.

Town Hall Recording Link for Friday December 4, 2020

https://compass-oncology.zoom.us/rec/share/ol_6qnyeDA2tBdp65M-47VLh2R22q4kUW3dzkM4Sbco4eCQ_4DSMXvhbO225qKd0.6kbPxK7wqbaLYhuv

Passcode: xf$36rLW

NOTE:  When doing copy/paste of the password, no extra spaces can be included or it won’t be operable. Workaround is to manually enter the password if you are having difficulty.


Please share your questions/comments/suggestions at info@compassoncology.com

NEXT TOWN HALL:  Thursday, January 7, 2020 @ 7:30 a.m.

 

As we head into the holiday season, we would like to thank you all for your continued commitment to our patients while we navigate through the constantly changing landscape of COVID-19. As a small token of our gratitude the Compass Physicians and leadership are inviting you all to wear jeans to work starting Friday 11/27, if you would like.  This will continue through the holiday season into mid-January, when we will reassess based on conditions at that time.

Please remember that in accordance with the Compass Employee Handbook this does not include jeans with holes or faded with a worn look. The appropriateness of your attire is solely at the discretion of the physicians and managers so if you aren’t sure about your clothing choice in the morning, play it safe and change. Anyone arriving to work in attire considered to be inappropriate will be sent home to change.

You are the face of the practice and both your behaviors and your appearance should reflect the seriousness of the work you do. I am privileged to work with each and every one of you. Wishing you all a relaxing holiday, complete with social distancing ��

 

While this section is not new information we encourage everyone to please review.

Recognizing the increased incidence of COVID-19 in our community, Compass is increasing our PPE protection available to staff during the holiday season.

  • “KN95 masks will be available for ALL providers and employees from November 27  to January 16; to offer a higher level of protection through the holiday season.
  • KN95 masks will be provided at screening and changed out  twice a week (2 masks per week)
  • Surgical masks will be provided at screening for patients and approved visitors.
  • In addition a supply of face mask extenders (protects your ears) will be available at screening if desired  – 1 per person
  • Face shields will be available upon request through department or site managers. Masks must still be worn with a face shield.

Instructions for donning a face shield:

  • Bend forward slightly, holding on to the straps of the face shield with both hands. Do not touch the front of the face shield.
  • Expand the elastic with your thumbs and place the elastic behind your head, so that the foam rests on your forehead.
  • Once the shield is on, check to make sure it covers the front and sides of your face and no areas are left uncovered. The forehead band should sit about 3cm above your eyebrows, with the bottom of the shield sitting below chin level.
  • You must always have the shield down. The shield should never be pushed to the “up” position.

                Cleaning and disinfecting a face shield:

  • Carefully wipe the outside of the face shield using a disinfectant wipe.
  • Wipe the outside of the face shield with clean water to remove residue.
  • Fully dry (use clean absorbent towel or paper towel).
  • Place face shield in a ‘breathable’ storage receptacle.
  • Perform hand hygiene.

 

With increasing cases in both Oregon and Washington we want to remind everyone of some basic steps to keep yourself, your co-workers, and our patients safe in our facilities.

  • Please wear your mask at all times when in the clinic, except when eating or drinking in an approved break area only
  • Please wash your hands with soap and water and utilize hand sanitizer when washing with soap and water are not readily available. Please be visible with hand hygiene, patients need to see that we mean clean business.
  • Please ask patients/visitors to put their masks on if you notice that they have removed them.
  • Please wipe down work stations. Bleach wipes or diluted bleach is available to wipe down work stations beginning and end of day and as necessary
  • Break rooms: washing hands before preparing/eating food.  Cleaning outside of microwave; and table area with diluted bleach before and after using.  Rinsing off and placing in dishwasher any Compass dishes used.

 

  • NEXT TOWN HALL:  Friday, December 4, 2020 @ 7:30 a.m.
  • Please use this link when joining the Town Hall meetings. To join the Town Hall: Join Zoom Meeting

https://compass-oncology.zoom.us/j/97865680949


We appreciate that the situation in our states is rapidly evolving. As we work to determine which care to prioritize, we are following these guiding principles based on CDC guidelines: 

  • Continue to care for patients who need our service during the epidemic. 
  • Support efforts at "Social Distancing" by discouraging visits from patient and family who don't need to be in our facilities at this time. 
  • Minimize cross inoculation between patients with Influenza Like Illness under assessment as well as between them and otherwise healthy individuals.
  • Conserve limited resources which include PPE and increase deployment of staff working remotely as we continually evaluate and re-evaluate our patient care needs.

Your wellbeing and emotional resilience is essential to our patients as we work to help our community through the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

The leadership team here at Compass Oncology finds inspiration in  the professionalism you demonstrate during this crisis. Thank you all for that.

 

Practice Operations:

Recognizing the increased incidence of COVID-19 in our community, Compass is increasing our PPE protection available to staff during the holiday season.

 

  • “KN95 masks will be available for ALL providers and employees from November 27  to January 16; and preferred over surgical masks to offer a higher level of protection through the holiday season.
  • KN95 masks will be provided at screening and changed out  twice a week (2 masks per week)
  • Surgical masks will be provided at screening for patients and approved visitors.
  • In addition a supply of face mask extenders (protects your ears) will be available at screening if desired  – 1 per person
  • Face shields will be available upon request through department or site managers. Masks must still be worn with a faceshield.

 

Practice Operations:

  • Screening:
  • Every patient/family member/visitor will be screened upon arrival in a designated area near the clinic entrance by a Compass staff member. 
  • Screening of staff reporting for work: This entails checking a temperature and verifying that staff are not experiencing symptoms of cough, upper respiratory illness. The process/workflow for this will be communicated at each of our locations.  Staff and patients/visitors will be given a sticker “I have passed screening” and the sticker will be dated.
  • Break rooms have been re-designed to allow for social distancing. Please do not move or add additional seating to these areas.
  • COVID-19 Testing :

Sites offering Testing:

  • Zoom +Care, Legacy Go-Health. These facilities will schedule or you can schedule (through their web sites) a video visit to establish need for testing before patient presents. Zoom +Care does not accept Medicare patients.
  • OHSU is offering drive- through testing at the following locations for people with COVID-19 symptoms (including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea &/or sore throat. No appointment or provider referral is necessary.

Hillsboro Stadium: 4450 NE Century Blvd, Hillsboro, OR 97124;   Hours: Monday - Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

Portland Expo Center: 2060 N Marine Drive, Portland, OR 97217;   Hours: Monday - Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

  • Individuals positive for COVID-19 : may not enter any of our premises under any circumstances
    • Sick patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and then either referred to their PCP or directed to a hospital. Appointments will be rescheduled based on CDC guidelines.
    • Sick patients with COVID-19 who need cancer treatment will need to be treated in a hospital (negative pressure rooms, reverse isolation, N-95 respirator masks)
    • Employees/Visitors/staff with confirmed COVID-19 will be asked to return home, consistent with CDC guidelines and with guidance from provider.
  • Visitor Policy: As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, one observable trend is a spike in positive cases following a holiday.  We saw cases increase in the weeks after Mothers’ Day and Memorial Day, and now we are heading into the Fourth of July weekend.  Similar to local government officials, we would prefer not to ease restrictions only to reverse course if conditions worsen. 

Out of an abundance of caution, we will continue current visitor restrictions through at least mid-July. 

Please contact your manager if you have any questions regarding this policy.  No Vendors, Reps, in clinics

  • Handshake-free policy: patients will appreciate our responsible behavior in this unique time, elbow bumps acceptable ��
  • Magazines: We have removed common peripheral materials from patient areas (puzzles, magazines, etc.) and patient education materials are now available upon request
  • Cleaning: our cleaning companies for each site and CBO have implemented and enhanced cleaning and their products have been verified to be viricidal by Margaret McGuinness.
  • Question about what cleaning supplies or gloves to use. Attached are the Powerpoint slides from the Aug. 8 Town Hall and a PDF that Margaret put together.

The recommendation is to print the PDF document and keep it at your work station for reference.

 

  • Signage: We have updated signs to alert patients & visitors of guidelines and recommendations.  As we update these, the most recent versions will be available on the Z: drive.
  • Communication:

Below is the Town Hall Recording link.

Passcode: 2$wXjiWY

  • NEXT TOWN HALL:  Thursday, December 3, 2020 @ 7:30 a.m.
  • Please use this link when joining the Town Hall Meetings. To join the Town Hall: Join Zoom Meeting

https://compass-oncology.zoom.us/j/97865680949

 

  • As we continue to battle wildfires and hazardous air quality, the Oregon Health Authority has provided the following information (below).

Congratulations to the winners of the Compass CoronaChallenge!  

 

  • No Print Med Recs:  A Zero Waste Solution (Will Seeley, Amie Reiterman, Dr. Tris Arscott, Anne Whitfield, and Vanessa Mattfield)
  • Inclusive Diversity Training (Judy Jackson, Sona Saidy, Andrea Hamilton, & Tamika Herbert)
  • Digital Bulletin Boards (Spitzi Barnicle)

 

DURING COVID-19, Thank you Team Compass!!   Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Rga6Wwp64o&t=4s    Or

During COVID-19, Thank you Team Compass!!  Watch here:  https://30degreesnorth.wistia.com/medias/1y3apjzgwp

On behalf of Compass leadership, we thank those who could attend the meeting this morning and those of you who view the recording. Please share your questions/comments/suggestions at info@compassoncology.com

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): In addition to universal precautions, Compass Oncology has moved to ‘universal masking’
  • The increase in COVID-19 positive cases in Oregon as well as recent patients seen at Compass locations who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 following a visit in our office gives us cause to further require the use of facemasks. 
  • In addition, as Multnomah county moves into phase 1 of reopening, Governor Kate Brown has mandated face coverings are now required while in indoor public spaces in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas counties.
  • All patients, and allowed visitors, will be required to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth. This new policy reflects recent recommendations by the CDC to reduce community-based transmission.
  • Mask Reminders:
  • All staff should be wearing a surgical mask. A cloth mask can worn over a surgical mask, but you should have a surgical mask on while in the clinics. Cloth face coverings are not appropriate substitutes for PPE such as surgical masks that are recommended/required to protect the wearer (healthcare workers and other first responders).

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Please wash your hands with soap and water and only utilize hand sanitizer when washing with soap and water are not readily available. Please be visible with hand hygiene, patients need to see that we mean clean business.
  • Supplies: Supplies are being centralized in order to appropriately manage them and ensure that they are available when and where needed.
  • Media: all media inquiries to be shut down immediately and referred to Jonathan Kipp or Alison Andre
  • Policy for return to work:
  • Please stay home from work if you are ill.
  • Providers and staff who have been off work due to illness can return to work after evaluation per criteria from the CDC for discontinuing home isolation.
  • Non Essential Business Travel : we have restricted USON and Compass Business Travel
  • Telehealth exploration: Available platforms are Zoom and VSee. A video visual instruction manual was shared 4/7.
  • Non-Essential Appointments:– Providers have been asked to identify patients that can be rescheduled We are continually re-assessing our patient population and limiting our care to those who need us.   No appointments should be rescheduled without provider input. T
Compass Oncology - The US Oncology Network