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Jones Memorial Hospital Reports 95 Percent Compliance with NYS Vaccine Mandate

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Fifteen Staff Members Resigned on Monday

From Jones Memorial Hospital, 9/28/21

As of yesterday’s deadline to meet the New York State mandate requiring all healthcare employees to be vaccinated against COVID 19, Jones Memorial Hospital reported that 96-percent of the hospital staff is compliant, with 86-percent vaccinated. The difference includes staff with exemptions or who are currently on medical or other leave.

Hospital-wide, fifteen staff members resigned on Monday.  This included six nurses, three of which were full-time nurses and three-were per diem nurses, those who only work when needed by the hospital. Seven of those fifteen resignations were per diem staff.

“We recognize that it was a difficult decision for our unvaccinated staff, but at the end of the day, the most important thing is the safety of our patients,” said Jim Helms, President/CEO at Jones Memorial. “I want to commend our management team for their efforts to minimize the impact of the mandate on our patients.  I also want to thank the dedicated staff of Jones Memorial who continue to give so much of themselves to our community.”

The number of COVID-positive inpatients at Jones Memorial has impacted the wait times in the hospital Emergency Department (ED) and the Walk-in Clinic. Anyone with relatively minor symptoms should avoid the ED and contact your primary care provider. All Jones Memorial Medical Practices Primary Care and Pediatric offices offer COVID testing by appointment.

Vaccinations are the best way to support your community hospital. Please support the staff of Jones Memorial by getting vaccinated so that we can reduce the number of COVID related services and focus our limited resources on the other health needs.

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