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CEO Update | Our eager and ongoing vaccine response
Welcome back to the promise of a new year.
Despite the holidays looking very different, I hope you were able to enjoy some relaxation. For those of you who served our patients over the holidays, thank you very much for your service.
I would like to begin this update with the latest information on COVID-19 and vaccines.
The pandemic continues to go through different phases.
- In Ohio, we have about 600 patients with COVID, which has plateaued.
- In Florida, it is around 150 patients, which is trending up.
It is unclear how the holidays may impact the spread of infection over the coming weeks.
With our current number of COVID inpatients, we are able to safely resume the entirety of our care offerings at all locations, including the Marymount ambulatory surgery center.
Thank you for your flexibility in serving areas with the greatest need.
The rate of infection among caregivers mirrors the community. Approximately 1,300 caregivers are currently out of work every day due to COVID infections.
To help care for patients, we welcomed nurses from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi this week. They are assisting our colleagues at Hillcrest Hospital.
Your response to the vaccine has been tremendous. We have already vaccinated 15,000 caregivers in Ohio and Florida. We administer vaccines as quickly as we receive them.
I know some of you have voiced disappointment with vaccine supply. We are working with the State of Ohio and the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to increase the number of vaccines available to us.
Each state has its own process, so vaccine distribution may look different across our locations. We saw this recently in Florida, where an executive order from the governor expanded vaccines to patients 65 and older.
In some instances, we are receiving vaccine supply without advance notice. When this occurs, we have to move quickly and invite more caregivers to get the vaccine.
This is a new process and we are all adapting. Please know that every caregiver who wants the vaccine will receive it. We will continue to provide timely updates.
Thank you for embracing this opportunity to protect yourselves and others.
We are closely monitoring the new strain of the virus that was first reported in the United Kingdom. Because it is more contagious, it is critical to stay vigilant as we continue through the winter months.
Practice safe behaviors, including masking, distancing and hand washing, as we proceed with vaccination.
This continues to be a historic time for us. We are now in the centennial year of Cleveland Clinic.
A new phrase affirms our unique legacy: “The Future of Healthcare Since 1921.” It honors the bold vision of our founders and the habit of innovation that sets us apart.
What started as a novel group practice has grown into a global organization. We are fortunate to have 70,000 caregivers who fulfill our mission every day.
Our centennial year is dedicated to all of you.
Please save the date for our annual address. State of the Clinic is January 13th.
We are always grateful for the opportunities ahead of us. After the challenges of 2020, we remain optimistic, and find lasting encouragement in our ability to make a difference.
Thank you for your trust and support.
Tom Mihaljevic, MD
CEO and President
More Ohio COVID-19 vaccine appointments available for eligible caregivers
In Ohio we have received additional doses of the Moderna vaccine this week and are now expanding vaccination to eligible caregivers, which for the first time includes some outpatient facing caregivers.
Every caregiver who wishes to receive the vaccine will be able to as more vaccine supply becomes available. We’ll continue to keep you updated on the intranet and through emails to eligible caregivers and MyChart.
Eligible caregivers listed below can go to MyChart to schedule their vaccinations.
Eligible caregivers include those whose primary work assignment is in an intensive care unit, emergency department, inpatient units, perioperative, outpatient oncology and outpatient primary care and who have the following roles:
- Administrative Assistant*
- Advanced Practice Provider
- Anesthesiologist Assistant
- Anesthesia Technician
- Biomedical Engineering
- Case Manager
- Certified RN Anesthetist
- Clinical Technician
- Critical Care Transporter
- CS SPD Technician*
- Dialysis technician
- Dental Hygienist
- Dental Assistant
- Department Workleader*
- EEG, EMG, PSG Technologist
- Environmental Services
- Equipment Technician*
- Financial Navigator
- Health Unit Coordinator
- Imaging Technologist
- Laboratory Technician
- Laboratory Assistant
- Medical Assistant
- Medical Technologist
- Operating Room Assistant*
- Ophthalmic Photographer
- Patient Access Coordinator*
- Patient care nursing assistant
- Patient Educator
- Patient Service Specialist
- Patient Transport
- Phlebotomy Technician
- Program Coordinator*
- Radiation Therapist
- Research Coordinator
- Respiratory therapist
- Social workers
- Surgical Assistant
- Surgical Technician
- Staff physicians and physicians in training
- Therapists (physical, occupational, speech and language)
*roles with an asterisk are new as of Jan. 6
A MyChart notification is sent to eligible caregivers to schedule appointments for the first and second dose. If you don’t have MyChart, create an account now. If you are not seeing a time and location convenient to you, check MyChart periodically as appointments are added when vaccine shipments are received.
Caregivers can elect to receive the vaccine at the following locations:
- Akron General Hospital
- Fairview Hospital
- Hillcrest Hospital
- Main campus
- Westlake Medical Campus
- Continue practicing public health measures such as masking, social distancing, frequent hand washing and avoiding gatherings even after being vaccinated.
- Know the COVID-19 symptoms. If you experience any of these, do not report to work and contact the COVID-19 hotline at 216.445.8246.