Mar 19, 2021
We're incredibly proud to announce that Trillium Health's COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force has won a Health Care Heroes Award! These awards were established by the Rochester Business Journal to recognize excellence, promote innovation, and honor the efforts of organizations and individuals making a significant impact on the quality of health care in our area.
Trillium Health's COVID-19 Task Force is a group of 25 people, intentionally comprised of interdisciplinary and interdepartmental representatives – including the clinic, pharmacy, operations, billing, facilities, informatics, compliance, marketing and communications, HR, and the executive team.
Trillium Health administered its first dose of vaccine on December 27, 2020, and since then, more than 4,400 doses have been administered. Every single dose received was administered within 5 days of receipt.
Trillium Health is proud to report than nearly 80% of its staff members have received the vaccine. Thanks to an early, all-staff education effort coordinated by the COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force and Trillium Health’s medical leadership, more than 200 team members chose to get vaccinated and helped to spread confidence among other members of the community.
In January of 2021, Trillium Health responded immediately to a request from New York State and Monroe County to administer vaccinations to underserved communities at a “pop up” clinic at Seneca Towers. With only two days’ notice, more than 20 staff members signed-up to work at the “pop up” clinic on a Saturday (when Trillium Health is normally closed), and nearly 300 vaccinations were administered to low-income senior citizens and people of color.
In addition to administering vaccinations, members of Trillium Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force have presented at multiple educational events throughout the community. For example, Trillium Health presented at Rochester’s Urban League, participated in IBERO’s Facebook Live Event Educación Sobre la Vacuna Contra COVID-19 (Vaccines Against COVID-19), and held weekly Facebook Life educational events through the MOCHA Center – a program dedicated to LGBTQ+ people of color. Trillium Health also created a hub on its website to answer commonly asked questions about the vaccine.
Trillium Health has collaborated with several local organizations in support of their priority populations, including: IBERO, Villa of Hope, Monroe County Medical Society, Father Tracey Advocacy Center, Rochester Urban League, His Branches, Isaiah House, Kirkhaven, Seneca Towers and Rochester Management.
These accomplishments – proactive new process development, surge plans, scenario planning, flexing of staff, revamping space, prioritizing patients with the highest risk, keeping patients safe, and achieving high patient satisfaction throughout —are a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the team.
Trillium Health’s legacy of fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic fuels the passion, innovation, and creativity of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic today. We're incredibly proud to serve our patients and our community, and we're very thankful to receive the award.