Campaign Theme: “Save Lives. Immunize!”
(Hartford, Conn. June 6, 2013) – Saint Francis Care today announced that all Hospital physicians, clinical and
administrative staffs, volunteers, vendors, contractors, students and temporary
workers who serve on the premises of Saint Francis sites will be required to
receive a flu vaccination by December 1, 2013.
The theme for this year’s campaign frames the issue
succinctly: “Save lives. Immunize!” The logo will be appearing on campus-wide
materials including posters, flyers and internal employee communications.
purpose of this mandatory policy is to maximize annual flu vaccination participation.
Vaccinations will help protect patients, employees,
their families and the community from acquiring or spreading the influenza
believe now is the time to endorse this critical public health policy,” said
James Mazo, M.D., Medical Director, Occupational Health, Saint Francis Hospital
and Medical Center. “The influenza
vaccine is a safe and effective way to combat the spread of the flu virus. In light of last year’s difficult flu season,
the threat of a potentially disastrous flu outbreak must be taken very
seriously,” added Dr. Mazo.
to federal health authorities, each year, about 36,000 Americans die from the
flu. More than 200,000 are hospitalized
with flu-related complications each year.
will be allowed for those individuals with specific medical conditions or certain
vaccination, a validation badge will be provided and must be worn at all times during
the designated flu season to demonstrate full compliance with the immunization
are exempt will be required to wear surgical masks within six feet of any
patient when entering a clinical area throughout the designated influenza
Any employed staff member who has
not received a flu shot or an approved exemption by December 1st,
2013, will be considered ineligible for work until compliant with the policy
and will be placed on a five-day consecutive unpaid suspension. Employees who do not comply with this policy
within five days after the vaccination period ends will be considered to have
voluntarily resigned from his/her position.
some may consider these measures severe, we are committed to introducing this
important, life-saving measure for the safety and health of our patients,
families and colleagues,” said Kathy Smith, Director of Infection Prevention.
To date, 22 of the state’s 30 Connecticut
hospitals already require mandatory flu vaccinations or have plans to adopt a
About Saint Francis Care
Francis Care is an integrated
healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical
Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is
a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England. Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai
Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the
Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount
Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for
Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint
Francis HealthCare Partners. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent
organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and
Home and Community Health Services, is also a Saint Francis Care Partner. Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five major Access
Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the
region. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.