GHS Recognized for Seasonal and H1N1 Influenza Vaccination Compliance
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Georgetown, SC—Georgetown Hospital System’s internal program designed to vaccinate all employees against the seasonal and H1N1 “novel” influenza, has been recognized by the South Carolina Hospital Association for having the highest vaccination compliance among all South Carolina hospitals. GHS had a 99.8% compliance rate, among its 1650 employees.
The vaccination project, which was undertaken in a proactive effort to protect patients, as well as ensure the availability of adequate healthcare personnel to care for patients, was a labor-intensive and lengthy process, but had tremendous value, according to Bruce P. Bailey, Georgetown Hospital System (GHS) CEO.
“We believe this project was important in making sure we are positioned to provide care for our community,” Bailey said. “Such a high compliance level clearly demonstrates our employees’ ongoing commitment to patient safety,” he added.
GHS Vice President of Human Resources Jan Harper received a plaque commemorating this achievement during a recent SCHA Human Resource Educational Meeting. Harper and GHS Manager of Employee Health Services Kathy Dowling will present GHS’ success story at The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence at the Older Adult Immunization Workshop in June. They have been asked to present at the “Lessons Learned”: H1N1 conference at SCHA in June also.
Georgetown Hospital System partnered with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to assist in providing H1N1 vaccines to Georgetown County students.