Impact Report 2022: Best Possible Health
Keeping people as healthy as possible is a priority at Mosaic.
“Our goal is that everyone receives the routine and preventative services suggested for their age.” – Elizabeth Gifford, Mosaic’s Director of Health Services
Scott True likes to watch Hallmark movies, according to Sonja Johnson, his Mosaic at Home provider. Why? “He likes happy endings.”
The story of Scott’s prostate cancer has a happy ending too. Nearly two years after finishing treatment, Scott is a cancer survivor with no signs of recurrence. His treatment was daily radiation for five weeks. Sonja and her husband Dan drove him an hour each way from their rural Iowa home for his appointments.
At the cancer center, it’s a tradition to ring a bell that hangs with a plaque that reads, in part, “This course is done, and I am on my way!” Scott, who rarely smiles, rang that bell with a big smile on his face, Sonja said. Even behind a surgical mask, “He was smiling in that photo, you can tell his eyes are smiling.”
Mosaic is a healthcare organization, and keeping people as healthy as possible is an organizational priority.
In fact, from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, there were 16,998 medical visits reported in client records. There were routine visits like physicals, immunizations and lab work. Plus there were more specialized, diagnostic or preventive visits such as colonoscopies and mammograms.
“We want people to experience the best possible health,” said Elizabeth Gifford, Mosaic’s Director of Health Services. “Our goal is that everyone receives the routine and preventative services suggested for their age.”
Mosaic also works to ensure people who provide services are trained to monitor and watch for any signs of health concerns in those they serve. Part two of an ongoing “Change of Condition” training series was completed in June 2022. It was titled “Recognize and Respond,” and the 12-month training helps providers notice and respond quickly to changes that could otherwise develop into serious health issues.
Sonja said maintaining Scott’s health is a priority for the couple. She takes his vital signs twice a day, a routine Scott welcomes. (Routine is very important to him.) But maintaining their own health is a priority too, she said. What they encourage in Scott, they also encourage in themselves. The courses, they said, are a good reminder.
Medical visits between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022
Visits included annual physicals and screenings, as well as treatments and therapies.