Employee influenza vaccination challenge issued 

Posted: 9/17/14

During the 2013-2014 flu season, OHA member hospitals were challenged by the OHA Council on Quality and Patient Safety to achieve a 92 percent or greater employee vaccination rate. While 97 hospitals participated, 61 hospitals (list below) met the goal of 92 percent or greater. The overall rate for the participating hospitals was 96.2 percent!

For the 2014-2015 flu season, the council is challenging OHA members to reach a 96 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 2014-2015 season will be the third season for which CMS requires that hospitals report their rates of employee vaccinations. This measure is publicly reported on Hospital Compare and will affect a hospital’s APU in 2015. This measure is also eligible 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 2013-2014 hospitals meeting the challenge:

Arbuckle Memorial Hospital, Sulphur
Atoka County Medical Center
Bailey Medical Center, Owasso
Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, Ada
Claremore Indian Hospital
Cleveland Area Hospital
Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Lawton
Cordell Memorial Hospital
Duncan Regional Hospital
Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, Poteau 
Elkview General Hospital, Hobart
Fairview Regional Medical Center
Grady Memorial Hospital, Chickasha
Harmon Memorial Hospital, Hollis
Hillcrest Hospital Claremore
Hillcrest Hospital Cushing
Hillcrest Hospital Henryetta
Hillcrest Hospital South, Tulsa
Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa
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 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
Lakeside Women’s Hospital, Oklahoma City
Lawton Indian Hospital
McAlester Regional Health Center
Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma, Durant
Mercy Health Love County, Marietta
Mercy Hospital Ada
Mercy Hospital Ardmore
Mercy Hospital Kingfisher
Mercy Hospital Logan County, Guthrie
Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City
Mercy Hospital Watonga
Midwest Regional Medical Center, Midwest City
Newman Memorial Hospital, Shattuck
Norman Regional Health System
Okeene Municipal Hospital
Oklahoma Center for Orthopaedic and Multi Specialty     Hospital, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Heart Hospital South, Oklahoma City
Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Tulsa
Prague Community Hospital
Select Specialty Hospital, Oklahoma City
Sequoyah Memorial Hospital, Sallisaw
Specialty Hospital of Midwest City
St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City
St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital
St. John Medical Center, Tulsa
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Enid
Stillwater Medical Center
The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital, Bethany
Wagoner Community Hospital
Weatherford Regional Hospital

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