No Flu for You – flu vaccine encouraged to promote patient safety
By Laura Robertson, CEO
Banner Baywood Medical Center
Banner Heart Hospital
Each year, thousands of our patients, employees, neighbors and
colleagues are affected by influenza.
Transmission of influenza is a substantial safety concern that puts the very people we serve and the persons with whom we serve alongside at risk. Therefore, we are making the flu vaccination mandatory for our employees, volunteers, vendors and students (except in the case of those with documented medical or religious exemptions).
Although we are not requiring the same of our physicians, I would strongly encourage you to become vaccinated.
I understand that there are many questions and emotions
surrounding this issue, but I also believe strongly that we can help
protect ourselves, our patients and our families by receiving the
vaccine. This supports our “people first” philosophy.
There is an incredible body of academic support for requiring health care workers to receive the flu vaccine. The American College of Physicians, The National Patient Safety Foundation, The American Medical Directors Association and The American Academy of Pediatrics are among those organizations that support the flu vaccine for health care workers.
To make this as convenient as possible, we will be inviting our
physicians to take advantage of our free vaccine clinics at both
Banner Baywood and Banner Heart. These begin on Sept. 12 at
Banner Heart Hospital and Sept. 13 at Banner Baywood Medical
Center and will be held at various times and locations at both
During the 2011/2012 flu season, Banner Ironwood Medical Center
piloted the “No Flu for You” program with greater than 99 percent of
all required personnel receiving the vaccine. Here at Banner
Baywood and Banner Heart, we will be tracking our vaccination rates.
Our goal is to meet this same goal for our employees and to have at
least 90 percent of our medical staff letting us know that they, too,
have received their influenza vaccination.
Please join with us in taking this step to ensure our patients’ safety.
Should you have any questions about our “No Flu for You” program,
please feel free to call, stop by or send me an email.“Supply chain utilization” is probably not something many physicians studied in medical school. But as healthcare has evolved and we’ve needed to deal with decreasing funds and increasing costs, that term is here to stay.