Evangelical Community Hospital Announces Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination PolicyAug 25, 2021 12:36PM ● By Erica Shames
With surrounding counties experiencing substantial spread of COVID-19 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predictive data suggesting the potential for another surge this fall, Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg, Pa., is taking steps to ensure the hospital remains as safe as possible for its employees and its patients.
Effective October 4, 2021, all employees who remain unvaccinated against the virus will be subjected to daily testing.
“As a healthcare organization, we have an ethical responsibility to do whatever we can to ensure the health and wellness of the communities we serve,” said Kendra Aucker, President and CEO, Evangelical Community Hospital. “The best path to living up to that promise is to vaccinate as many people as possible. In conjunction, we need to monitor the spread among those in the workforce who choose not to be protected by the vaccine.”
Evangelical leadership will continue to monitor the situation and plans to adjust policies accordingly.
“We’re constantly watching trends both inside the Hospital and in the community,” said Aucker. “We will be revisiting this policy as conditions evolve, particularly now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has fully approved the Pfizer vaccine and Moderna should soon follow.”
To further protect employees and patients, the hospital recently re-instated masking requirements for all employees regardless of vaccination status and tightened visitor restrictions.
For more information on the Hospital’s COVID-19 response as well as information on vaccines, visit www.evanhospital.com/virus.
About Evangelical Community Hospital
Evangelical Community Hospital is the only CMS 5-star rated hospital in the Central Susquehanna Valley Region. Only 22 hospitals in Pennsylvania can claim this overall quality distinction.
Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs 1,900 individuals and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The facility is licensed to accommodate 131 overnight patients. The Hospital provides a comprehensive array of services in both inpatient and outpatient settings and serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming counties. More information can be found at www.evanhospital.com.