Flu no longer prevalent - Loretto won national award for immunizations

May 10 2019

*Media opportunity*

Syracuse, NY (May 8, 2019)The Health Commissioner declared the flu is no longer prevalent in NYS, and Loretto’s dedicated approach to getting employees vaccinated this year won a national award from the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit.

Older adults are particularly susceptible, and employees with the flu can have a significant impact on the operations of healthcare or any business. So, Loretto’s Infection Preventionist Vicky Lyman created a collaboration across multiple facilities and partners to offer:

  • On-site vaccination clinics on all three shifts,
  • Rolling carts with vaccination supplies for units who do not usually attend the clinics,
  • And incentives for all healthcare workers who received the influenza vaccine.

The program resulted in 843 of the 885 employees receiving their influenza vaccine on-site and 11 receiving vaccinations elsewhere, providing an employee influenza vaccination rate of 96%!

*Vicky Lyman available for interviews*

Lyman will accept the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit award on behalf of Loretto at a ceremony on May 15 in Atlanta, GA. Lyman was also tapped to share the success of this program with the New York State Association of County Health Officials and the Heart of New York chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

About Loretto

Loretto is a leader in comprehensive healthcare services in Central New York. As the fourth largest healthcare provider and the sixth largest employer in the region, the 2,500 exceptional people at Loretto’s 19 locations deliver extraordinary care to close to 10,000 people of all ages, income levels, and care needs in Onondaga and Cayuga counties each year. From adult day programs and short-term rehabilitation, to the home-like settings in its assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities, Loretto is actively investing in its employees, in medical research, and in new technologies to improve care in our community, Making Every Day Extraordinary. Loretto: Exceptional people. Extraordinary care. For more information on Loretto, please visit lorettocny.org.



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