ELIZABETH, NJ - Members of the Employee Health and Infection Control staff at Trinitas Regional Medical Center are celebrating their status as the first to receive the NJ Department of Health's Public Health Innovator Award.
The award recognizes Trinitas for vaccinating 97 percent of its employees against the flu in an attempt to prevent the spread of the flu among employees, patients, and visitors.
"New Jersey has seen more cases of the flu recently than we have in many years," said Jackie Cornell, MPAP, Principal Deputy Commissioner of the NJ Department of Health, during a press conference held in March, when she announced the award. "We want to highlight best practices in combating the flu. We congratulate Trinitas on achieving such a high vaccination rate. You are setting an excellent example."
Gary Horan, FACHE, President, and CEO of Trinitas, said he was equally proud and surprised to be the first organization to be recognized for the award. "We are grateful to the Infection Control Committee and the Employee Health staff, who saw to it that practically everyone at Trinitas was vaccinated, thereby protecting ourselves not only at work but everywhere we go, as well as vulnerable patients who might otherwise be at risk of contracting the flu," he said. "We realize it was no small undertaking considering our staff of more than 2,000 people, but it was well worth our while to make it happen.”