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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - Hospital honored nationally

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, June 26, 2012 – Yampa Valley Medical Center has received the Gold Level award in the national 2011-2012 Flu Vaccination Challenge for achieving at least a 95 percent level of vaccination among employees.

The challenge was sponsored by Joint Commission Resources, an organization dedicated to improving patient safety and quality of care in more than 10,000 hospitals nationwide.

“Our emphasis on providing safe health care to our community and visitors begins with having a healthy work force,” YVMC Quality Programs Coordinator Steve Hilley, R.N., said. “We are very pleased to accept this award recognizing our commitment to immunization against influenza.”

Beginning in October 2011, a new YVMC policy required employees to be vaccinated or have a valid reason to decline. Of the 549 employees who worked at the hospital and Doak Walker Care Center during flu season, 522 were immunized.