Nurses Week Takes on New Meaning During COVID-19 Crisis

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 special care to our most vulnerable members.

Protect Yourself Against COVID-19 Scams

Men dressed in white lab coats, masks, and gloves knocked on doors in South Florida neighborhoods, claiming they were from a government health agency and wanted to come in to test residents for COVID-19.

Some people have received text messages saying they can get $1,000 as part of a federal COVID-19 stimulus program. All they have to do is click a link. And older adults have received robocalls offering to send free COVID-19 tests. The only thing needed to get the process started is the older adults’ Medicare member number.

Those are among the potential coronavirus-related scams that have been reported to the Florida Office of the Attorney General in the past few weeks. It’s not an unexpected development. In uncertain times, scammers turn out in full force to take advantage of people who are stressed out and fearful.

PopHealthCare Employees Team Up to Deliver Lifesaving Medication, Food During COVID-19

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 issues within life. We ask if they have enough food, who is grocery shopping for them, how are they getting their prescriptions,” she said.

How to Tailor Your Resume to Standout as a Job Candidate

If you’re in the job market, one of the best ways to make your application stand out from others is to tailor your resume.

As a recruiter, I highly suggest you have a master resume, with detail on every position you had over the last 15 years in your field, and then tailor each version to the specific job you are applying for.

You say that takes too much time? Indeed, customizing your resume does take a little more time than just clicking on a job, attaching the same resume, and clicking apply.

However, you can greatly increase your chances of being selected for a video interview, phone interview or face-to-face interview if you have summarized the particular skills and experiences a specific employer indicated was most important.

Here are some tips and recommendations for how to update your resume for a specific job posting.

Step 1: Review the Job Posting

Keeping Older Adults Connected While Staying Safe at Home

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, the gesture was about more than the soup. It was a way to check in with the couple. A way to let them know they’re not alone in these uncertain times.

GuideWell Triples Impact of United Way Giving Campaign in Response to COVID-19

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 for every $1 donated to the employee’s local United Way impact fund.

Full Transcript: Pat Geraghty COVID-19 Video Message

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 they navigate 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. They can go onto the Marketplace and purchase health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act, often with a significant premium subsidy.

Onlife Health and PopHealthCare commit $50,000 in COVID-19 support for Nashville

Onlife Health and PopHealthCare, together with their parent company GuideWell, announced today an initial investment of $50,000 for urgent health and safety needs in communities across the Nashville area in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The contributions will address middle Tennessee emergency assistance efforts.

Together, the Nashville-based companies Onlife and PopHealthCare employ 800 people in Tennessee and the donation will support emergency needs around their area offices. The gift from their parent company, GuideWell, is being made to the United Way of Greater Nashville COVID-19 Response Fund. The fund was recently established to quickly and effectively address both the health and economic challenges of this virus – for Tennesseans who have lost their job or are experiencing loss of income and other challenges due to closed establishments or cancelled events.

Novitas commits $50,000 in COVID-19 support for Central Pennsylvania

Novitas Solutions, a GuideWell Source company, announced today that it is making an initial investment of $50,000 to address urgent health and safety needs in communities across Central Pennsylvania, in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The contributions will address food security for seniors and children.

In addition to several hundred in field offices across four states, Novitas Solutions employs more than 1,000 staff in central Pennsylvania, and the donation will support emergency food needs around its Mechanicsburg offices. The gift is being made to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for the organization’s life-sustaining COVID-19 food distribution programs across a 27-county service area. These include food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency food providers and more.

CEO Pat Geraghty Welcomes Top Health Care Industry Leaders to GuideWell Innovation Center

What to expect at the 2020 Lake Nona Impact Forum

The Lake Nona Impact Forum convenes more than 300 thought leaders with a variety of views from business, academia, government and health care, and will kick off on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical City.

One of the main goals of the event is to bring thought leaders together who are driving creative, innovative health and wellness solutions, which in turn encourages thinking about new ways to address health care issues we’re all trying to solve.