Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Offers H1N1 Vaccine to Hospital Staff and Physicians

Courtesy of the EMC

Smiths Falls, ON –  The Perth and Smiths Falls District hospital began distributing its allotment of H1N1 vaccine to its staff recently.  Linda Bisonette, Vice President, Patient Care & Chief Nursing Officer, indicated that, “There has been an enthusiastic turn-out by hospital personnel and physicians.”  She went on to indicate that while getting the vaccine is not mandatory, “it is strongly recommended.”  To date, approximately 674 immunizations to physicians, staff and hospital volunteers have been distributed.  This equates to approximately 75% of hospital staff. A higher percentage of physicians, to date, have also received the vaccine.  The hospital continues to provide the vaccine to physicians, staff and volunteers.  The H1N1 vaccine is the first line of defence as far as protecting staff, patients and their families from getting the H1N1.

Todd Stepanuik, President & CEO, stated, “Protecting our patients and employees is the main priority for PSFDH.  Providing the H1N1 vaccine to our valued healthcare practitioners so they can take care of the patient population is our number one priority.”  This has allowed the hospital to be in the best possible position to serve the public throughout the duration of this pandemic.  “We want to be sure that our health care personnel are able to safely care for patients during what is projected to be extremely busy flu season,”  said Linda Bisonette.  The hospital greatly appreciates the continued unwavering professionalism, dedication and commitment that has been demonstrated during these recent times by all hospital staff members and physicians.

The Occupational Health Department of the hospital has worked diligently for months to prepare and implement the H1N1 vaccination and treatment program.  Occupational Health, Pharmacy and Infection Control personnel have worked in close collaboration to ensure the staff are provided immunization, personal protection and medical treatment, if required.  The hospital’s plan has been very well received by staff and has proven to be successful in maintaining the hospital’s business continuity plan – which is the provision of healthcare to the community.

The hospital has been a leader and key partner with the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit and the community health centres in Smiths Falls and Lanark.  The hospital has been requested by the Health Unit to render assistance in the immunization strategy for health care workers and, as a result, the hospital has agreed to dispense H1N1 vaccine for health care personnel from community health centres and ambulance services.

For more information contact:
Linda Bisonette
VP Patient Care and CNO
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
613-283-2330 ext:1110

Great War Memorial Site
33 Drummond Street West
Perth, ON K7H 2K1
Tel: (613) 267-1500
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60 Cornelia Street West
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2H9
Tel: (613) 283-2330

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