ChristianaCare Leading by Example to Protect Patients, Staff and Community from Deadly Flu
WHAT: In a single day, Thursday, Oct. 10, ChristianaCare in Delaware will attempt to vaccinate nearly all of its 12,000 employees in 100 locations in four states, through its #HitMeWithYourFluShot campaign.
Between 36,400 and 61,200 Americans died from the flu last year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, the flu hospitalized more than 500,000 people and sickened 40 million Americans.
This marks the second year that ChristianaCare will launch the campaign, which will include fun activities at Christiana Hospital, Wilmington Hospital and scores of satellite sites. ChristianaCare already stands out among health systems in the United States with an annual voluntary employee flu vaccination rate of more than 90%.
Flu vaccination stations – including an outdoor drive-thru flu station – will be active throughout the day at Christiana Hospital and Wilmington Hospital, and a mobile team will deliver flu vaccines to all of ChristianaCare’s locations, which include primary care practices, medical specialty practices, cancer care, laboratory services and rehabilitation services throughout Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
In addition to fun events planned at the hospitals, where the largest number of employees will receive their flu shots throughout the day, employees will share their flu-shot photos on social media using the hashtag #HitMeWithYourFluShot.
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 10th from 3 a.m. to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Christiana Hospital’s John H. Ammon Medical Education Center at 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Rd., Newark, Del., and other ChristianaCare locations throughout the region.
- Ken L. Silverstein, M.D., MBA, executive vice president and chief clinical officer at ChristianaCare.
- Marci Drees, M.D., MS, FACP, DTMH, infection prevention officer and hospital epidemiologist at ChristianaCare.
Media will have access to film and photograph flu shots being administered and ChristianaCare officials will be available for interviews.
Journalists who would like to cover the #HitMeWithYourFluShot event can contact Hiran Ratnayake at 302-327-3327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, ChristianaCare is one of the country’s most dynamic health care organizations, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of outpatient services, home health care, medical aid units, two hospitals (1,227 beds), a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health. It also includes the pioneering Gene Editing Institute and was rated by IDG Computerworld as one of the nation’s Best Places to Work in IT. ChristianaCare is a not-for-profit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. We are continually ranked by US News & World Report as a Best Hospital. With our unique, data-powered care coordination service and a focus on population health and value-based care, ChristianaCare is shaping the future of health care. Learn how we deliver greater quality and value at https://christianacare.org.