Wednesday, August 11, 2021 – Mount Vernon, OH
KCH’s primary objective and responsibility are to provide a safe environment for patients and employees. KCH believes in the guidance provided by national medical organizations like the American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Hospital Association, Ohio Hospital Association, and many others; COVID vaccination is currently the best option to address the dilemmas posed by a stubborn and ongoing pandemic. Accordingly, a significant portion of the KCH Team have received COVID-19 vaccination and we appreciate what they are doing to protect themselves, their families, co-workers, and patients.
We also acknowledge that there are issues that continue to cause some in the healthcare workforce, like many in the general public, to hesitate about this very personal vaccination decision. This in no way diminishes what healthcare workers around the country are doing every day, vaccinated or not, to provide safe and effective care for all patients. Hospitals follow strict standard precautions and guidelines to prevent the spread of any disease and KCH has always had an outstanding track record in this regard – including with COVID over these past 18 months. We truly appreciate the dedication and focus of all our staff in always ensuring a safe place to provide quality care and service for all patients.
KCH is committed to safe, quality care and protection for everyone from the possibility of infection, including patients, workers, and the community which we serve. Delivering on that commitment requires focus, dedication, and compliance with best practices as they are identified and proven successful.
Accordingly, KCH requires staff to either be vaccinated for COVID-19 or, for those not vaccinated, to participate in routine COVID testing and enhanced adherence to personal protective equipment such as the wearing of N95 masks. This approach, also being adopted by other area hospitals, is considered appropriate and effective in reducing the possibility of the spread of the virus while ensuring the organization’s ability to provide care for patients.
KCH continuously monitors the rapidly changing conditions associated with the COVID pandemic, and as they change, reviews all decisions accordingly.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, Knox Community Hospital has continued to provide updates including vaccine questions and answers, testing and vaccine clinic schedules, and more by visiting: https://www.kch.org/covid-19-patient-resources