Steven Hanks, M.D., chief clinical officer for St. Peter’s Health Partners, appeared in the Daily Gazette’s article detailing staff vaccination rates at Capital Region hospitals.
According to data provided by the New York State Department of Health, Samaritan and St. Peter’s hospitals had the highest staff vaccination rates of all area hospitals, at 99.4% and 96.1% respectively. Albany Medical Center was calculated at 90.3% and Ellis Hospital at 83.3%.
From the article:
The two Capital Region hospitals with the highest vaccination rates by a significant margin are both operated by St. Peter’s Health Partners.
Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Steven Hanks said he doesn’t think SPHP did anything differently than other hospitals, but thinks perhaps SPHP did it earlier and more often.
“Even before the vaccine became available we were explaining to our staff the importance,” he said. The pressure to get the shot was constant but did not reach the level of mandated vaccination, he said — he’s aware of only one medical organization that has done that, and it’s halfway across the country.
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