By: Karen Thompson, Enterprise Communications The COVID-19 public health crisis has resulted in a critical shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including gloves, gowns, N95 respirators and especially face masks. Our company immediately stepped up to address this shortage and the overall safety needs for hospitals, physicians and nurses in provider offices across Florida, the GuideWell Health family of health care workers (Sanitas, GuideWell Emergency Doctors and Diagnostic Medical Clinic staff), and for GuideWell employees. Through several initiatives and partnerships, GuideWell...

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May 14, 2020 masks, COVID19

By: Sonya Ferris, Enterprise Communications National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6 - 12, in honor of the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Intended to recognize the vital role nurses play in health care, it’s especially poignant this year in light of the COVID-19 crisis. It’s fitting that the theme for the week is “Compassion, Expertise, Trust.” Shortly after stay-at-home orders were given in Florida, nurses across GuideWell put their compassion and expertise into action as they kicked off an initiative to provide...

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May 12, 2020
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Throughout the GuideWell enterprise, there are many nurses in many different roles. National Nurses Week, which begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12 - the birthday of nursing founder Florence Nightingale- is an exciting opportunity for our company to recognize the significant contributions of nurses in our organization. Recently, we caught up with a few nurses to hear more about how nursing has had an impact on their lives, especially during COVID-19. Kirsten Baker, RN, BSN, MBA, CHC | Florida Blue Center Kirsten has been a nurse for 12 years. She works at one of our Florida Blue...

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Sharon Daily has spent nearly three decades as a social worker caring for older adults and those with disabilities. But, the past few months have been unlike any other time. During COVID-19, her work has shifted from in-home visits to telephone check-in calls. And, the types of conversations she’s having with clients are different, too. Prior to COVID-19, Daily helped health plan members navigate all aspects of their life. Now, she’s focused on making sure people are safe and their basic needs are met. “Every phone call, every check-in is dealing with the more practical...

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May 7, 2020 PopHealthCare, COVID19

Our mission of helping people and communities achieve better health goes far beyond providing affordable, high quality health insurance. For us, as a health solutions enterprise, it means finding innovative ways to ensure that our employees, members, neighbors and communities are safe and healthy. And there's been no more important time to do this than right now. Throughout the course of this pandemic, we've heard a great deal about the shortage of personal protective equipment, or PPE. I'm proud to share that we are playing a role in helping to address this issue. Recently we received an...

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At Florida Blue and GuideWell,we're a mission-driven health solutions enterprise,committed to helping people and communities achieve better health. This isn't something we can accomplish on our own. It takes strong and innovative care partnerships in communities across the state and beyond, all working together for those we serve. As we collectively face a pandemic unlike any other, our health care industry's network of caregivers is leading the way, walking into the crisis head on, and being the face of strength, courage and compassion in a time of fear and uncertainty. On behalf of our...

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Wendy Weiss knows it’s best to not get too close to her 83-year-old father right now. As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, keeping a safe distance will help older adults like her dad and his wife stay healthy. So, when Weiss arrived at her father’s home with some chicken soup, she went to the door, set the soup down and walked away. Instead of sharing a hug, they settled for a wave from a distance. Weiss is a registered nurse and director of care management in the Medicare department at our health insurance subsidiary, the leading health insurance company in Florida. For her,...

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Another week has come and gone in our temporary new normal. As a health solutions enterprise committed to helping people and communities achieve better health, we remain focused on ensuring that our employees, members, and communities feel supported as theynavigate this pandemic. With businesses shuttering and others forced to furlough and lay off workers, we're seeing a rise in the number of uninsured. It's important that we continue educating people that if they've lost their employer health insurance or their job status or income has changed there's help available...

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April 10, 2020

GuideWell announced that it will double the company’s match to United Way on all employee contributions made during its 2020 employee giving campaign, to provide additional support in communities across Florida and the United States in response to urgent needs around the COVID-19 public health crisis. Traditionally during its annual United Way giving campaign, GuideWell will match every dollar donated by employees. Recognizing the additional long-term economic and health effects that many hardworking families will face this year because of the pandemic, the company is now matching $2...

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April 2, 2020 United Way, Giving Campaign
VIDEO INTERVIEW

You have applied for a job that looks oh so, perfect and you are asked to do a video interview. You may think the idea of a video interview is unusual, but it is becoming more and more popular for both companies and candidates. Why? Video interviews allow candidates to showcase their skill sets and personality, when and where it’s most comfortable for them. Don’t want to take time off from your current job? Video interviews can be completed in the evenings, early mornings or on the weekends. Another benefit of video interviewing is that hiring managers can evaluate their top...

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April 1, 2020 video interview, HR

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