October 17, 2016 -
Olympic Medical Center’s Safety Program Director Rhonda Bowen, Employee Health and Wellness Coordinator Jon Critchfield and Infection Control Coordinator Penny Becker, hosted a Beatles-themed "Penny Lane Magical Flu Clinic Tour” recently at Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles and the Medical Services Building in Sequim. Olympic Medical staff and Peninsula College nursing students administered 877 doses of flu vaccine to OMC employees and volunteers.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends getting a flu vaccination each year. During flu season, Olympic Medical Center personnel protect patients and staff by vaccinating against influenza. Any staff, vendors or construction workers that cannot vaccinate or provide evidence of vaccination are required to wear a mask while on OMC premises from November 1 through March 31, and earlier or later if identified as an active flu period.
According to the CDC, flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick.
In addition to obtaining a flu shot, please practice proper hand hygiene to help prevent the spread of germs to others.
Rhonda Bowen, Jon Critchfield and Penny Becker.
Peninsula College nursing student Randy Lynch sticks OMC CEO Eric Lewis.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District
No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than
70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment
on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board.
Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a
charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish
Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its
67-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma
designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery.
OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and
rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health,
physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port
Angeles and Sequim.