360 Clinic teams up with Golden West College for COVID-19 testing in Orange County
Station 3 at the COVID-19 testing super site at the Orange County fairgrounds is where Angela Huynh works.
The Golden West College nursing student is a bit later in the game than many of her peers. At 28, she already has a bachelor’s degree in biology from UCLA, but she went back to school for the opportunity to become a nurse.
“I decided that maybe I want to be a little bit more interactive, spend more face time with patients,” said Huynh, who lives in Fountain Valley. “I love nursing. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
What no one could imagine was the effect the coronavirus would have on the country over the past 10 months. Huynh got hands-on experience working for 360 Clinic at the other super site at the Anaheim Convention Center from October until early December.
With hospitals closed to nursing students, Huynh got her clinical hours testing and informing patients on the front lines. And now, entering her fourth semester in the Golden West College nursing program in Huntington Beach, she has now become a 360 Clinic employee.
That’s a success story to 360 Clinic co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Vince Tien. Prior to the pandemic, Tien was working for home health and hospice company 24-7 Care at Home, which launched in 2007.
When the coronavirus hit, Tien said he, his brother Gary Nguyen and David Ngo partnered with Dr. Linh Nguyen in Arizona, who was already doing COVID-19 testing.
In a letter to President Biden, Amazon offers ‘to leverage our operations, information technology and communications’ to help with COVID vaccines.
Their new company, 360 Clinic, partnered with the Orange County Health Care Agency in July to run the two super sites, as well as 15 walk-up testing kiosks across the county.
Mike Lee, the chief administrative officer of 360 Clinic, estimated that about 6,000-7,000 people per day are tested for COVID-19 between the super sites and kiosks.
The growing company has not shied away from outside help. Local colleges, including Golden West and Concordia University in Irvine, have partnered with 360 Clinic to provide nursing students the opportunity to earn internship hours at the sites.
Tien, who lives in Huntington Beach, said 360 Clinic’s objectives include taking care of medical needs, being a training ground for students and providing jobs to healthcare professionals.
“Golden West has been really gracious enough to give us a lot of students, and build a curriculum on the telehealth as well,” said Tien, 31. “It’s been an honor to serve the community. I came over here when I was 5, from Vietnam. This is a great chance for an immigrant like me and my family to give back to the community.”
There is a telehealth area at the Anaheim Convention Center site. Dr. Alice Martanegara, the associate dean and director of nursing at the Golden West College School of Nursing, said that the telehealth component is why Golden West’s partnership with 360 Clinic is really so beneficial.
The Laguna Beach City Council will take into consideration how to proceed with the remaining funds from the “Laguna Beach Cares” grant program that was introduced in December.
“Our students can obtain hours, but also be able to serve the community, and also at the same time be able to contribute back to 360 Clinic and give them feedback clinically to create more opportunities such as the mobile clinic, the kiosks and so forth,” Martanegara said. “The partnership is very instrumental in ensuring not just the folks who can come to the testing site, but also to make sure that we are able to deploy students to go into the community to carry on the service.
“OK, it’s great that you get tested, but what is the follow-up? That’s the clinical collaboration piece that I think makes us very unique.”
Huynh said she is happy on the front lines, where she will bounce from car to car to check on patients and their symptoms at the drive-through facility. If the symptoms are worrisome enough, options include referring a patient to urgent care or calling an ambulance.
“It’s pretty incredible,” Huynh said. “It’s something that I didn’t anticipate that I would ever do. When I’m in nursing school, we focus a lot on acute care, direct patient contact in the hospital. This is more community-based care, and it’s a different perspective. It keeps us grounded, like OK, you don’t have to just go to the hospital and do all these procedures on these patients. Sometimes it’s just educating them, informing them about their health.”
Data provided by the Orange County Health Care Agency on Friday showed one new coronavirus death, and 892 daily positive cases received.
The county’s death toll due to COVID-19 now stands at 2,547, while 218,741 cases have been counted to date, including deaths.
Hospitalizations due to the virus are at 1,896, and 516 of those cases are currently in the intensive care unit. There have also been 2,519,520 COVID-19 tests administered to date, including 25,057 tests reported Friday.
The healthcare agency estimates that 150,088 people in the county have recovered from COVID-19.
Here are the latest cumulative coronavirus case counts and COVID-19 deaths for select cities in Orange County:
- Santa Ana: 39,792 cases; 472 deaths
- Anaheim: 36,705 cases; 503 deaths
- Huntington Beach: 8,909 cases; 123 deaths
- Costa Mesa: 7,586 cases; 70 deaths
- Irvine: 8,521 cases; 39 deaths
- Newport Beach: 3,107 cases; 41 deaths
- Fountain Valley: 2,898 cases; 39 deaths
- Laguna Beach: 675 cases; fewer than five deaths
Here are the case counts by age group, followed by deaths:
- 0 to 17: 21,912 cases; one death
- 18 to 24: 30,450 cases; five deaths
- 25 to 34: 44,260 cases; 30 deaths
- 35 to 44: 34,372 cases; 54 deaths
- 45 to 54: 35,252 cases; 177 deaths
- 55 to 64: 27,367 cases; 340 deaths
- 65 to 74: 13,560 cases; 488 deaths
- 75 to 84: 6,793 cases; 576 deaths
- 85 and older: 4,626 cases; 876 deaths
Updated figures are posted daily at occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/coronavirus-in-oc. Information on COVID-19 vaccines in Orange County can be found at occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/covid-19-vaccine-resources.
The facility, which will be located on the northern edge of the university’s campus, joins the UCI Health Center for Advanced Care to create what university officials are calling the UCI Medical Center Irvine-Newport.
All the latest on Orange County from Orange County.
Get our free TimesOC newsletter.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Daily Pilot.