Since North Country Healthcare (NCH) delivered its first COVID-19 vaccination more than an year ago, the organization has consistently advocated for vaccination as the best method to protect our providers, employees, volunteers, and community members from the spread of this devastating virus. The data continues to reinforce the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines, including the mitigation of new and emerging threats such as the Delta variant. To that end, we confidently know more than ever that vaccination is the best way to end this public health crisis.
The North Country Healthcare (NCH) Mission is to improve lives by assuring consistently excellent, integrated healthcare. As the dominant provider of healthcare services in the North Country, NCH is charged with leading by example, including setting the standard for public health. NCH requires providers, staff, vendors, and volunteers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Employees may be vaccinated through the respective NCH affiliate’s Employee Health Department or via a third-party provider of the employee’s choice.
Legitimate medical or religious exemption/accommodations will be granted to providers and employees. Those individuals will be required to complete regular COVID-19 screenings and wear face masks (as all NCH providers, employees, and volunteers currently are).
COVID-19 vaccinations, which are free and available to all NCH and affiliate employees, are highly effective at decreasing the likelihood of contracting COVID-19, preventing serious illness in vaccinated individuals who contract COVID-19, and mitigating spread of the disease.
“The COVID-19 vaccine provides a key component, as do masking, social distancing, and proper hand hygiene, to significantly reduce the spread of the Coronavirus,” commented Tom Mee, RN, BSN, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, North Country Healthcare. “We recognize the impact of this measure and remain committed to the health and wellbeing of our patients, employees, providers, and volunteers.”
Continuing COVID-19 education will be offered to all NCH and affiliate employees, to ensure the communication of the most recent, accurate information.
NCH will continue to work collaboratively with the New Hampshire Hospital Association, and adhere to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for healthcare organizations. As such, the wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing and utilizing proper hand hygiene will continue.
“We look forward to continuing to serve as the North Country’s healthcare leader,” commented Mee.
About North Country Healthcare: Named a 2020 Best Place to Work by Modern Healthcare, North Country Healthcare (NCH) is a nonprofit affiliation of four medical facilities in the White Mountains Region of New Hampshire. NCH includes numerous physicians and medical providers at multiple locations. This leading comprehensive healthcare network which employs hundreds of highly-trained individuals delivers integrated patient care through three community hospitals, medical laboratories, and home health and hospice services. NCH remains committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.