Entrance of Cherokee Nation’s W.W. Hastings Hospital located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Oklahoma Hospital Association recently recognized W.W. Hastings Hospital for the staff’s efforts in preventing influenza.
The Cherokee Nation’s W.W. Hastings Hospital is among 42 in the state of Oklahoma to meet the health organization’s challenge. This year’s goal was to vaccinate 96 percent or higher of the health care staff for the 2016-17 flu season.
“Cherokee Nation’s Health Services and our dedicated staff are to be commended for their efforts in the health and wellness of our Cherokee citizens,” said Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Being proactive about the prevention and treatment of illnesses like influenza helps protect some of our most vulnerable Cherokee Nation citizens, including elders and children.”
More than 800 staff members and health care providers at W.W. Hastings Hospital were vaccinated.
In a recent press release, the Oklahoma Hospital Association stated that influenza is associated with 36,000 deaths per year and recognized Oklahoma hospitals with certificates for their work in protecting patients from the dangers of influenza.
“At W.W. Hastings Hospital our patients are our priority, and we work tirelessly to ensure that they receive the first-class health care that they deserve,” said W.W. Hastings Hospital CEO Brian Hail. “The continued recognition that we receive from organizations like the Oklahoma Hospital Association speaks volumes to the dedication that our employees show each and every day.”
The Cherokee Nation operates the largest tribal health system in the country. It oversees W.W. Hastings Hospital and nine other health centers in northeastern Oklahoma. In fiscal year 2016, the tribe had more than 1.1 million patient visits.
For more information on W.W. Hastings Hospital, visit www.cherokee.org/services/health.
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