St. Bernards Healthcare announced Thursday, August 12, it will require all its employees have a fully-vaccinated status against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021 with all members of its leadership team fully vaccinated one month prior by October 1.
"With the COVID-19 Delta variant spreading throughout our region, we stress that local primary care clinics, urgent cares, pharmacies, health departments and telemedicine—including St. Bernards Go—remain the best care and testing options for mildly symptomatic cases and virus exposures. Hospital census numbers have continually risen across our state, and emergency departments have accommodated abnormally high volumes recently, including persons needing a simple COVID test. We ask that emergency departments can stay focused helping community members needing emergent care.
In efforts to make the COVID-19 vaccine available seven days a week, St. Bernards Healthcare announced Friday it now has six clinics offering the vaccine while also forming partnerships with area churches, schools and communities for expanded access.
The healthcare system had previously provided the COVID-19 vaccine at a central location certain days of the week, but St. Bernards leaders concluded access had increasingly become an issue for some working individuals and others facing transportation difficulties.
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), such as St. Bernards Total Life Healthcare, have proven safer and more effective than nursing home care.
St. Bernards Medical Center announced the opening of its new St. Bernards COVID Clinic Friday--serving as both a COVID-19 follow-up clinic and COVID-19 treatment infusion center--as well as its upcoming participation in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine.
After months preparing for a potential influx of individuals with COVID-19, known as the coronavirus, St. Bernards Healthcare publicly unveiled its emergency-response plan to combat the disease.
St. Bernards Medical Center Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Kasey Holder said the organization dedicated resources early on for a COVID-19 team to implement a specific plan preparing for these patients.