Pennsylvania Department of Health Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll --- 2013--2014 Influenza Season

A Patient Safety and Employee Health Initiative

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that influenza causes an average of 23,000 deaths annually.

Influenza vaccination is the single most effective way of preventing influenza infection. Even among those who are not entirely protected, the vaccine still reduces the complications of influenza. Because immunity is not guaranteed after vaccination, universal vaccination of healthcare personnel (HCP) is necessary to maximize the protective impact of this intervention. Preventing influenza in our healthcare workforce reduces absenteeism and improves our ability to respond to the needs of the community and our patients. Furthermore, universal healthcare worker vaccination, coupled with other measures to control respiratory illness (e.g. covering your cough, staying home when sick, screening hospital visitors and vaccinating patients), is the best way to protect the vulnerable populations we serve.

Despite longstanding recommendations and the implementation of intensive voluntary vaccination campaigns, influenza immunization rates are still unacceptably low. The average 2012-13 seasonal influenza vaccination rate was 63.5 percent among HCP in the United States, far below the Healthy People 2020 goal of 90 percent. In contrast, the vaccination rate was 98.1 percent among HCP who had an employer requirement for vaccination. No other policy or campaign to promote HCP influenza vaccination has consistently achieved equivalent success.

Therefore, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in collaboration with the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition (PAIC), the Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy (CVEP) at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PSA) is continuing to promote evidence-based universal influenza vaccination initiatives for HCP and is encouraging healthcare institutions to make vaccination a condition of employment. Furthermore, HCP vaccination rates will be included in the Healthcare Associated Infection Report published annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. However, the data below was reported by each facility for the purpose of recognition on the PADOH honor roll; the list may not be entirely consistent with the 2012 HAI Annual Report.

Since the 2010/11 influenza season, PADOH has been rewarding facilities with >90 percent vaccine coverage among employees with a certificate of achievement and placing them on an honor roll. During 2010, communication about this incentive for performance was sent to all of Pennsylvania's 700+  licensed long term care facilities and ~256 acute care hospitals. Hospitals and health systems can pledge to achieve a HCP vaccination rate of 90 percent by January 2014. For more information, please contact Mary Marshall at the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). Pennsylvania healthcare facilities that achieve HCP vaccination rates of 90 percent or better are encouraged to contact Marilyn J. Black, RN of the PA Department of Health at email mariblack@pa.gov or by phone 717-787-5681 and Joanne Sullivan of the Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition at  joanne.sullivan@immunizepa.org. Vaccine coverage percentage is calculated using a standard national metric, http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/PDFs/HPS-manual/vaccination/HPS-flu-vaccine-protocol.pdf standard, which is endorsed by the CDC, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and is the standard metric that hospitals are currently required to use when reporting their influenza vaccine coverage numbers to the National Health Safety Network (NHSN). 

The table below is a list of Pennsylvania hospitals and long-term care facilities that have verifiable influenza vaccine coverage of 90 percent or more among their employees. Pennsylvania has been collecting this information since 2010; some of it was voluntarily reported by facilities, while the other information, particularly on hospitals, is based on information that hospitals have reported to NHSN since 2011. In addition, PADOH surveyed hospitals in 2012 to assess influenza vaccine coverage among employees.  

The following facilities within the state of Pennsylvania have achieved a healthcare personnel vaccination rate consistent with the Healthy People 2020 goal of 90 percent. The honor roll  focuses on hospitals and long-term care facilities; it does not include doctor offices. PADOH is working with the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to have a parallel honor roll for doctor offices on their websites.

Vaccination rates of greater than 90 percent are based on institution self-report. If the reporting institution is a health system, then all of the affiliated facilities and campuses within the Bureau of Facility Licensure and Certification databases are listed individually, unless otherwise specified by the reporting institution.

In 2012, the honor roll had 53 facilities, including 44 that were individually licensed. These facilities include 22 acute care hospitals, two critical access hospitals, two children’s hospitals, one  long-term acute-care hospital, one rehabilitation hospital, two free-standing drug and alcohol facilities, and 14 nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities or personal care homes. Many of these institutions have achieved near universal vaccination rates (e.g., 99 percent) through mandatory vaccination policies. The honor roll includes many health systems that have also instituted policies for their outpatient practices.

Each institution achieving a HCP vaccination rate of 90 percent  or better is also presented with a certificate of excellence from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Honor Roll: Pennsylvania facilities achieving HCP influenza vaccination rates of 90 percent or better 

FACILITY NAME LOCATION AFFILIATION
ARBUTUS PARK MANOR JOHNSTOWN  
ATTLEBORO NURSING & REHABILIATION CENTER LANGHORNE  
BALL PAVILION, THE  ERIE   
BRADFORD ECUMENICAL HOME, INC  BRADFORD   
CARING PLACE, THE  FRANKLIN   
CHESTER COUNTY HOSPITAL WEST CHESTER  
COLONIAL MANOR NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER YORK  
CONESTOGA VIEW NURSING & REHABILITATION  LANCASTER   
FAIRWAYS AT BROOKLINE  STATE COLLEGE   
FEELOWSHIP COMMUNITY WHITEHALL  
HAHNEMANN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL PHILADELPHIA  
HANOVER HALL NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER HANOVER  
IMMACULATE MARY HOME PHILADELPHIA  
INGLIS PHILADELPHIA  
MEADVILLE REHABILITATION & NURSING CENTER MEADVILLE  
MARGARET E. MOUL HOME YORK  
MERCY FITZGERALD HOSPITAL DARBY  
PHOEBE WYNCOTE  WYNCOTE   
PINE RUN HEALTH CENTER DOYLESTOWN  
QUARRYVILLE PRESBYTERIAN RETIREMENT COMMUNITY QUARRYVILLE  
REST HAVEN YORK REHABILITATION & NURSING CENTER YORK  
SAINT JOHN NEUMANN NURSING HOME PHILADELPHIA  
SAUNDERS HOUSE WYNNEWOOD  
SUMMIT AT BLUE MOUNTAIN NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER, THE LEIGHTON  
UNITED METHODIST HOMES, WESLEY VILLAGE CAMPUS PITTSTON  
TYRONE HOSPITAL TYRONE  
VALLEY VIEW NURSING CENTER  MONTOURSVILLE   
WILLIAMSPORT HOME, THE  WILLIAMSPORT   
ZERBE SISTERS NURSING CENTER  NARVON   
ABINGTON MEMORIAL HOSPTIAL  ABINGTON  Abington Health 
LANSDALE HOSPITAL  LANSDALE  Abington Health 
WARMINSTER CAMPUS  ABINGTON  Abington Health 
WIC PROGRAM  PITTSBURGH  Allegheny County Health Department 
ARIA HEALTH - BUCKS CAMPUS  LANGHORNE  Aria Health 
ARIA HEALTH - FRANKFORD CAMPUS  PHILADELPHIA  Aria Health 
ARIA HEALTH - TORRESDALE CAMPUS  PHILADELPHIA  Aria Health 
CHARLES COLE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL  COUDERSPORT  Charles Cole Memorial Hospital 
CHARLES COLE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL ECF  COUDERSPORT  Charles Cole Memorial Hospital 
CHILDRENS HOSP OF PHILADELPHIA  PHILADELPHIA  Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 
CROZER-CHESTER MEDICAL CENTER  UPLAND  Crozer-Keystone Health System 
DELAWARE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL  DREXEL HILL  Crozer-Keystone Health System 
SPRINGFIELD HOSPITAL  SPRINGFIELD  Crozer-Keystone Health System 
TAYLOR HOSPITAL  RIDLEY PARK  Crozer-Keystone Health System 
MOSS REHABILITATION  PHILADELPHIA  Einstein Healthcare Network 
EINSTEIN MEDICAL CENTER PHILADELPHIA  PHILADELPHIA  Einstein Healthcare Network 
EINSTEIN MEDICAL CENTER ELKINS PARK  PHILADELPHIA  Einstein Healthcare Network 
BELMONT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH  PHILADELPHIA  Einstein Healthcare Network 
WILLOWCREST  PHILADELPHIA  Einstein Healthcare Network 
GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER  DANVILLE  Geisinger Health System 
GEISINGER WYOMING VALLEY  WILKES BARRE  Geisinger Health System 
GRAND VIEW HOSPITAL  SELLERSVILLE  Grand View Health 
JEFFERSON HOSPITAL FOR NEUROSCIENCE  PHILADELPHIA  Jefferson Health System 
MAGEE REHABILITATION HOSPITAL  PHILADELPHIA  Jefferson Health System 
METHODIST HOSPITAL  PHILADELPHIA  Jefferson Health System 
THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIV HOSP  PHILADELPHIA  Jefferson Health System 
JERSEY SHORE HOSPITAL  JERSEY SHORE HOSPITAL  Jersey Shore Hospital 
LEHIGH VALLEY HOSPITAL - CEDAR CREST  ALLENTOWN  Lehigh Valley Health Network 
LEHIGH VALLEY HOSPITAL - 17TH STREET  ALLENTOWN  Lehigh Valley Health Network 
LEHIGH VALLEY HOSPITAL - MUHLENBERG  BETHLEHEM  Lehigh Valley Health Network 
LIFECARE HOSP. CHESTER COUNTY  WEST CHESTER  Life Care Hospitals 
PASSAVANT RETIREMENT COMMUNITY  ZELIENOPLE  Lutheran Senior Life 
MAIN LINE HOSPITAL - PAOLI  PAOLI  Main Line Health 
MAIN LINE HOSPITAL -  BRYN MAWR  BRYN MAWR  Main Line Health 
MAIN LINE HOSPITAL -  BRYN MAWR REHABILITATION  MALVERN  Main Line Health 
MAIN LINE HOSPITAL LANKENAU MEDICAL CENTER  WYNNEWOOD  Main Line Health 
MAIN LINE RIDDLE HOSPITAL  MEDIA  Main Line Health 
MIRMONT TREATMENT CENTER  LIMA  Main Line Health 
ST. CHRISTOPHER'S HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN  PHILADELPHIA  Tenet Health System 
HOSPITAL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA  PHILADELPHIA  University of Pennsylvania Health System 
PENN CENTER FOR REHABILITATION & CARE  PHILADELPHIA  University of Pennsylvania Health System 
PENNSYLVANIA HOSP OF THE UNIV OF PA HEALTH SYSTEM  PHILADELPHIA  University of Pennsylvania Health System 
PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITAL SKILLED CARE CENTER PHILADELPHIA  University of Pennsylvania Health System 
PENN MEDICINE RITTENHOUSE  PHILADELPHIA  University of Pennsylvania Health System 
PENN PRESBYTERIAN MEDICAL CENTER  PHILADELPHIA  University of Pennsylvania Health System 
BRADFORD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER  BRADFORD  Upper Allegheny Health System 

This table will be updated periodically throughout the influenza season.

For additional information on this campaign, including a toolkit to assist administrators in achieving the goal of universal HCP influenza vaccination, visit:

http://www.haponline.org/quality/flu-campaign

http://pahcwfluvax.org

http://www.flufreepa.com

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has also developed a media campaign called, “Earn Your Stripes!” The campaign includes a video and a poster which can be downloaded here: Video  and Poster (high resolution for printing).