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Hospital earns 'Gold Award'
by Kristin Ellis, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Public Affairs
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 25, 2012) --
The Joint Commission Resources awarded Fort Belvoir Community Hospital a “Gold Award” for reaching a 95 percent flu vaccination rate among employees during the 2011-2012 flu season.
More than 2,000 health care organizations participated in this year’s Flu Vaccination Challenge, a national program aimed to increase flu vaccination rates in the medical community.
Flu vaccination of health care workers is important not only to help protect themselves, but also to reduce the likelihood patients will be exposed to the flu, according to The Joint Commission Resources. Studies show health care workers can be a potential source of flu infection and, if they do get infected, may pass the disease to patients, many of whom are highly vulnerable to flu.
“By getting the flu vaccine, health care workers take an active step to protect patients and themselves,” said Maj. Tina Streker, Public Health Nursing chief. “Employee flu vaccines are another way in which we act to provide excellence in safe, quality and compassionate care to our patients and families.”
Two years ago, DeWitt Army Community Hospital vaccinated 80 percent of its 900 employees. Following DeWitt’s transition to the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital last year, the staff achieved a 15 percent increase by vaccinating 95 percent of more than 2,500 staff members.
Maj. Daniel Mobit, flu vaccine manager for 2011-2012, said accounting for all the new hospital personnel coming from DeWitt, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and elsewhere was a challenge, but the hospital’s vaccination team was able to mitigate many issues.
“We had started planning for the past season long before [the transition],” he said. “During the planning, we knew it would be challenging since the flu drive was going to start right after BRAC, so we went ahead and put everything in place to assure a safe and successful program.”
In fact, Mobit said, the transition allowed for the flu drive to be held in the hospital on the third floor of Sunrise Pavilion, a more convenient area for patients and staff to receive their vaccines. Fort Belvoir-wide, the hospital flu team vaccinated about 45,000 beneficiaries and staff this past season.
“This could not have been possible without the tremendous support we had from our command leadership, staff dedication and lots of hard work from everyone involved with the program. With this, we were able to achieve this measure of success,” Streker said
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