Business View Magazine | May 2020

3 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE MAY 2020 O p e n i n g L i n e s M A Y 2 0 2 0 FLORIDA’S VILLAGE ON THE ISLE ACTS TO PREVENT SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS & FOSTER HOLISTICWELLBEING AMONG RESIDENT S ituated on a beautiful 16.5-acre campus on the island of Venice, Florida, Village on the Isle is one of the first continuing care retirement communities on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It is a vibrant and visionary community offering the full continuum of care and guided by its mission to “share God’s love by promoting individual growth and dignity, enhancing the quality of life and meeting the human and spiritual needs of our residents, staff, and community.” Long-term care facilities and their vulnerable residents are being hit especially hard by the novel coronavirus and Village on the Isle is one of many to take action against this deadly pandemic. Village On The Isle CEO Joel Anderson recently responded to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ decision to release the names of long-term care facilities in Florida that have positive COVID-19 cases. “We believe the decision to release the names of these facilities is the absolute right call by the governor for everyone, including care providers, residents, families and staff,” said Anderson. “The release of the names is not intended to point the finger at any particular care provider, because the coronavirus does not skip over any household, place of business or worship, and other public spaces without the risk of someone being infected. I’m sure that long-term care providers, hospitals, and local, state, and federal governments, businesses and the general public overall affected by the virus would respond differently in what we know now versus then,” said Anderson. Village On The Isle began early interventions in February followed by major campus-wide safeguards in early March for their 450 residents and 300 employees. “COVID-19 is a public health safety pandemic, and we know as a matter of fact that older adults and persons with severe underlying health conditions are the greatest at risk,” continued Anderson. “Therefore, we have taken every action necessary to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus within our