Cody Regional Health (CRH) has been recognized by the Immunization Action
Coalition (IAC) for instituting a mandate that all healthcare personnel
receive influenza vaccination every year. The mandate also includes further
measures (such as masking while at work) to help protect patients from
influenza transmission due to workers who cannot be vaccinated.
Cody Regional Health is one of four healthcare systems in Wyoming that
has recently been accepted onto IAC’s Influenza Vaccination Honor
now numbering more than 650 organizations, which recognizes hospitals,
healthcare systems and practices, long-term care facilities, and pharmacies
that have instituted mandatory influenza vaccination policies to promote
patient safety and prevent transmission of influenza.
“Our leadership team realized how important this step would be for
our organization in order to keep our patients as safe as possible. It
was not an easy task to mandate every employee to receive the flu vaccine
or wear a mast for almost 6 months but has been worth it in the end,”
stated Human Resource Officer, Dick Smith at CRH.
Cody Regional Health instituted its mandatory influenza vaccination policy
on October 1, 2017, and took additional steps to prevent the transmission
of influenza to patients. The vaccination rate for all employees at Cody
Regional Health in 2017 was at 94.8 percent.
There is widespread agreement that mandatory influenza vaccination policies
benefit patients. Thirteen major health and medical groups, including
the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians,
and the American Hospital Association, have developed position statements
supporting mandatory influenza vaccination for healthcare personnel.
“Healthcare settings have a responsibility to protect their patients
from influenza, which may result in serious complications or even death
for those who are infected with the virus,” said Deborah Wexler,
MD, executive director of IAC. “ Cody Regional Health’s commitment
to this policy for healthcare personnel shows that it is a leader in preventing
influenza transmission in the workplace and in protecting the health and
safety of patients,” said Wexler.
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About Cody Regional Health
Cody Regional Health (CRH) is a national leading critical care 25-bed acute-care
state-of-the-art facility. CRH employs and partners with over 60 physicians
and offers over 20 different services, with an adjacent Long-Term Care
Center licensed for 94 beds, a 16-bed chemical dependency center, 8-bed
hospice house, regional cancer center, satellite physicians clinics and
urgent care center. CRH abides by the Planetree philosophy as a model
of health care. The Planetree model strives to enhance patient comfort
by personalizing, humanizing and demystifying the health care experience. www.codyregionalhealth.org.