Crocker Partners is a real estate agency in Boca Raton, Florida that recently decided to take extensive action into protecting its employees and clients from any Covid-19 fears. The agency has hired a real doctor as their director of environmental health as a way of better managing their business during a global health crisis.
Dr. Walter Okoroanyanwu was recently hired for the position at Crocker Partners. He has a background in epidemiology and HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention. He’s relatively established in America’s healthcare community, for example he has multiple contacts working within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America, and knows staff members working at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and at Rutgers University in New Jersey; both establishments have been working tirelessly to combat the coronavirus.
Okoroanyanwu himself has a master’s degree in public health from Emory as well, and an MBA from Rutgers; hence his multiple connections to both establishments. His job at Crocker Partners will be to apply his experiences working in healthcare and infectious diseases to create new programs for the agency that will help guide employees and clients manage buying a home safely in the middle of a global pandemic.
“My mission is to create and maintain a work environment that limits the chance of spreading COVID-19.”
Florida in general is experiencing one of the worst surges in new Covid-19 cases the world has seen throughout the past few months. There are currently no statewide mandated policies put in place by Florida’s government to help curb this spread, which is only further worsening things like it is in many other states in America that have prematurely reopened.
More than 30,000 individuals work in properties that are leased by Crocker as well. These properties include hotel/retail complexes, the Boca Raton Innovation Campus, corporate offices, etc. and while Crocker already requires every tenant and visitor to wear masks in their common areas, they wanted to go above and beyond.
The goal is to keep everyone informed and updated on all things relating to the virus, but they wanted someone who has a professional enough eye to really analyze the public data. While Crocker Partners is one of the first real estate agencies in America to place a doctor in an executive management position, they likely won’t be the last.
Even beyond just real estate, it’s likely that most major corporations in America will hire someone in the medical field to better create policies to protect all employees and residents within the community. There’s been a general pattern of lack-of-action from local, state, and federal governments regarding all things Covid-19. Over half of the states in America have seen new surges of cases appear as a direct result of them reopening public settings without requiring proper face coverings and other safety measures. So now, private companies and employers are taking it upon themselves to do the work and protect their people at all costs.
“This is an innovative agenda here, and I see it as a stepping stone for other commercial developers to do the same thing.”
Okoroanyanwu said his first move as environmental health director is to procure rapid-tests for the coronavirus that can help deliver results within the hour for certain building tenants. Getting these immediate results will help minimize the spread greatly, because infected people will now know that they must self-isolate immediately, when they otherwise may have not even known they were sick and spreading the virus further.
New technologies such as sanitation stations and ventilation systems will also begin being implemented into each building. The main message Okoroanyanwu and Crocker Partners is spreading here is that disease prevention and individuals health and safety will always be the number one priority, as it should be universally.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.