Hastings also receives 4-star rating by Centers for Medicare, Medicaid ServicesPublished August 17, 2016
TAHLEQUAH — The Oklahoma Hospital Association recently recognized W.W. Hastings Hospital for vaccinating the majority of its staff with flu shots this past flu season.
The tribe’s hospital is among 49 in the state to meet the health organization’s challenge goal of a 96 percent or higher vaccination rate of health care staff for the 2015-16 flu season.
More than 800 members of the W.W. Hastings staff received the vaccine this past flu season.
“Cherokee Nation’s health department and our talented staff that operates the hospital and clinics routinely go above and beyond for the wellness of our tribal citizens,” said Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Administration and promotion of the annual flu shot means we are being proactive in ensuring our immunization rates trend positively. That’s important because every year the influenza virus often targets our most vulnerable Cherokee people, including elders and children.”
The Oklahoma Hospital Association stated in a news release that influenza is associated with 36,000 deaths per year and commended the recognized hospitals with certificates for working diligently to protect their patients with vaccinations.
“These hospitals have stepped up in ensuring their patients are protected and a number are joining a trend of hospitals nationwide in instituting mandatory vaccination policies,” LaWanna Halstead, vice president of quality and clinical initiatives at the Oklahoma Hospital Association, said in the release.
W. W. Hastings Hospital was also recognized recently for receiving four out of five-stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services five-star rating system. This places W.W. Hastings in the top 3.9 percent of the more than 7,000 organizations it is compared with. The ratings come from patient satisfaction quality of inpatient care measures.
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“The W.W. Hastings Hospital health care providers and staff work tirelessly to ensure our patients receive the best health care possible,” said W.W. Hastings Hospital CEO Brian Hail. “Recognition of their efforts from organizations like the Oklahoma Hospital Association and high ratings from our patients on the Hospital Care system serve as validation of our staff’s dedication to first-class health care.”
W.W. Hastings Hospital received more than 360,000 patient visits in fiscal year 2015.
For more information on W.W. Hastings Hospital, visitwww.cherokee.org/services/health.
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