Employee Influenza Vaccination Challenge issued 

Posted On: 07/31/2013

During the 2012-2013 flu season, 50 OHA member hospitals (list below) participated in the OHA Member Influenza Employee Vaccination Challenge. They were challenged by the OHA Council on Quality and Patient Safety to achieve a 90 percent or greater employee vaccination rate. They more than met that challenge with an outcome of 92 percent!

For the 2013-2014 flu season, the council is challenging OHA members to reach a 92 percent or greater employee vaccination rate. Those that achieve this will receive an individualized press release for their community, a certificate to display and recognition in HOTLINE.

The OHA board of directors created a position statement in 2011 supporting mandatory employee influenza vaccinations as a condition of employment. Several Oklahoma hospitals have adopted this policy with little resistance from employees. The key is communication and OHA has developed a toolkit to help with implementation. It can be found at www.okoha.com/vaccinationtoolkit

The 2013-2014 season will be the second season for which CMS requires that hospitals report their rates of employee vaccinations. Reporting a measure will be followed by a public release of the data and then the measure is subject to become a part of the value based purchasing program. Therefore, it is in a hospitals best interest to implement policies that will assure a high employee vaccination rate. 

The ultimate purpose for hospital employee vaccinations for any disease is the protection of both the patient and the employee. Please consider this important issue and join the already participating OHA member hospitals in protecting our patients. 

List of 2012-2013 participating hospitals:
Cleveland Area Hospital
Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Lawton
Cordell Memorial Hospital
Duncan Regional Hospital
Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, Poteau
Fairview Regional Medical Center
Grady Memorial Hospital, Chickasha
Great Plains Regional Medical Center, Elk City
Haskell County Community Hospital, Stigler
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City
INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami
INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center, Enid
INTEGRIS Blackwell Regional Hospital
INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital, Yukon
INTEGRIS Clinton Regional Hospital
INTEGRIS Grove Hospital
INTEGRIS Health Edmond
INTEGRIS Marshall County Medical Center, Madill
INTEGRIS Mayes County Medical Center, Pryor
INTEGRIS Seminole Medical Center
INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma City
Jackson County Memorial Hospital, Altus
Kingfisher Regional Hospital
Lawton Indian Hospital
Lindsay Municipal Hospital
Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma, Durant
Memorial Hospital & Physician Group, Frederick
Mercy Hospital Ardmore
Mercy Hospital Healdton
Mercy Hospital Logan County, Guthrie
Mercy Hospital Tishomingo
Mercy Hospital Watonga
Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City
Newman Memorial Hospital, Shattuck
Norman Regional Health System
Okeene Municipal Hospital
Oklahoma Heart Hospital South, Oklahoma City
OU Medical Center, Oklahoma City
Pauls Valley General Hospital
Purcell Municipal Hospital
Select Specialty Hospital - Oklahoma City
Specialty Hospital of Midwest City
St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City
St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Enid
Stillwater Medical Center
The Children’s Center, Bethany
Wagoner Community Hospital
Weatherford Regional Hospital
W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital, Tahlequah

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