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Published on June 27, 2011

Cone Health Recognized for Flu Vaccination Campaign

Cone Health has been recognized by Joint Commission Resources for vaccinating 95 percent or more of its workforce during the 2010-2011 flu season. The network earned a gold award in the Flu Vaccination Challenge.

“We consider it a professional and ethical duty to protect our patients and employees,” says Rene Amburn, RN, Director, Infection Prevention. “Receiving this recognition demonstrates Cone Health’s commitment to quality care for our patients and allows us to lead by example in keeping our employees well so we can meet our community’s needs.”

Cone Health was one of the first healthcare providers in the state to require employees to be vaccinated. The effort was designed to protect patients, for whom the flu can be a major – even deadly – occurrence. Cone Health vaccinated 98 percent of its workforce (2 percent were exempted for medical reasons). More than 8,000 vaccines were given to staff, administrators, volunteers, contract workers and medical staff.

Cone Health went further in protecting patients during last year’s flu season by placing portable hand-washing stations at visitor entrances and asking people younger than 18 and those with flu symptoms not to come into hospitals unless seeking treatment. During the height of last year’s flu epidemic, half of the people coming to Cone Health emergency departments and urgent care centers for care had influenza symptoms.

Cone Health urges everyone to get a flu vaccination this fall.

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