Message from the CEO on 7.24.20
Dear PTN Families,

The health and safety of you, your children, and our staff is our top priority. More than anything, we want you to feel protected when you return to our clinic for in-person services. To ensure this PTN formed a “Return to PTN” task force, who as I’ve previously shared, has been working diligently to prepare for resuming onsite services.

Over the last three weeks, we had a soft re-opening of our Torrance location for individual therapy services. A minimal number of families, primarily those unable to benefit from telehealth services, were onsite as we piloted our new safety policies and cleaning procedures. After a successful few weeks, we are ready to increase the number of individual appointments in Torrance gradually. Those that participated had this to share:

“I felt very comfortable with the measures PTN is taking to ensure my son is safe. The extra precautions being taken make me feel confident that PTN is doing everything they can to keep the environment clean and sanitized. I will continue to take my son to his therapy at PTN.” - Parent

“It was so wonderful to be back in front of a kiddo! We've been incredibly lucky to see so many of our clients via telehealth, but the in-person connection after months away felt amazing.” - Therapist

Before welcoming you back in-person, I wanted to update you on our latest policies based on guidance from the LA County Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control. I encourage you to watch the video by clicking the button below for a virtual tour of what to expect when you return.

The video gives an overview of our new procedures which include:

Daily Health Screenings: Staff members, parents/caregivers, and children receive daily health screenings, including answering a series of health questions and having their temperature taken with a no-touch thermometer.

Enhanced Cleaning Measures: We recently invested in high-tech sanitizing equipment, including electrostatic cleaners and the ZONO Sanitizing Cabinet, which uses ozone or charged cleaning particles to disinfect porous and nonporous surfaces thoroughly. A designated cleaning time is scheduled after each treatment session.

Social Distancing: Appointments are scheduled to allow social distancing between clients, including one treatment space per client with specific entrance and exit points. Helpful social distancing guides have been placed on the sidewalks and reception area. Our waiting room is closed until further notice.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Parents and caregivers are required to wear a mask while onsite. While we prefer children receiving treatment to wear a mask, we know it isn't always possible. For staff members, a variety of PPE options, including masks, disposable gowns, face shields, booties, and gloves are available based on their preference. At a minimum, all staff wears a mask or face shield.

We will continue to keep you updated as we plan to increase in-person services. At this time, Torrance group programs and both Long Beach individual services and group programs will remain remote. We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we have taken to keep you safe.

Sincerely,

Terri Nishimura, MA, OTR/L
Chief Executive Officer
Long Beach Gives
PTN was selected to be a part of Long Beach Gives, an online fundraising campaign that provides over 150 Long Beach nonprofits the opportunity to share their stories and build relationships with the community. Join us on September 24 as we celebrate #LongBeachGives and raise awareness for the great services we provide at PTN Long Beach! Here are some ways you can help: Join the PTN team and help us win a prize! Long Beach Gives will award a prize to the organization with the most people on their team. It's free to sign-up and will only take a few minutes of your time. Just click the "Be a Fundraiser" button to create your page and join our team. Give what you can and make double the impact as donations will be doubled as part of our 24th Anniversary Matching Campaign. Donations through Long Beach Gives will be accepted today through 9.24.20. Give today to help us reach our $10,000 goal! To join our team or donate, click the link below!
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Join us for a Virtual Sparkling Wine Tasting on September 24!
We are celebrating 24 years of serving children and families with 24 weeks of virtual events and opportunities to show your support of PTN. Please help us get the party started with a Sparkling Wine Tasting from our partner Free Run Juice, a local boutique distributor, and their wine Sommelier, Kristin Fauth. Take your senses for a ride as you sip and sniff your way through a fantastic guided Sparkling Wine Tasting that will be an experience to enjoy. An expert will talk you through tasting notes, the winemaking process, favorite pairings, and more!

What: Celebration Sparkling Wine Tasting featuring a bottle of Casalini Prosecco Brut, JL Denois Brut Rose, and Long Story Short Sauvignon Blanc Bubbles

When: Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 5:30pm

Where: Online video conference

How: Click the link below to reserve your Sparkling Wines for the tasting, which also saves your spot on the Virtual Tasting Experience. These items can be shipped to you or picked up from Free Run Juice’s Redondo Beach location.

Cost: $65 (includes three bottles)

Questions? Contact Robin Lomas at robinlo@ptnmail.org.
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