GSS recognized with national excellence award
June 26, 2020
The Good Samaritan Society was recognized at the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit as a leader in the fight against the flu. Good Samaritan Society received the top corporate campaign award for its efforts to immunize employees for the seasonal flu.
The Good Samaritan Society had been working toward a comprehensive employee influenza policy for years, and officially implemented the mandate in 2019. Through a merger with Sanford Health, one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the nation, and an internal campaign to educate employees, a 98 percent employee vaccination rate was achieved during the 2019-2020 flu season.
Good Samaritan Society leaders credit education and communication for the success. The organization implemented an online influenza tracker to keep employees and leaders aware of the benefits of vaccination, the vaccination deadline and the vaccination status of the employee. In the end, the result was 19,000 employees being vaccinated against the flu across 23 states and more than 260 locations.
“We work with a vulnerable population when it comes to the flu,” said Randy Bury, Good Samaritan Society president. “The flu shot doesn’t just help protect our employees from the seasonal virus - having our employees come together created a much more important barrier of protection for the residents we are trusted to care for. Our employees’ commitment to the health and safety of our residents is what I am most proud of, and we continue to see that commitment to our residents by the diligence of our staff during this current pandemic.”