The MGH recently launched an incentive program to encourage employees to receive their seasonal flu vaccine and report their vaccination status in PeopleSoft.
The state Department of Public Health (DPH) requires hospitals to document the vaccination status of its employees. Last year, the MGH established a self-reporting structure in PeopleSoft so employees can identify whether they have received or declined the vaccine.
"Every year, the MGH strongly encourages its employees and professional staff to be immunized," says Gregg Meyer, MD, senior vice president of the MGH/MGPO Center for Quality and Safety. "Doing so allows us to continue to provide excellent care to every patient, every day. Our seasonal flu immunization rate is an important measure of the quality of care we provide."
To ensure a complete report to the DPH, the MGH has established a two-part incentive during the months of November and December:
- All MGH employees and professional staff who record that they have received or declined the vaccine before Nov. 30 will receive a $50 bonus, payable in December.
- If 90 percent of MGH employees and professional staff have documented their flu vaccination status before Dec. 31, those who have done so will receive another $50, payable in January.
It's not too late to receive a flu shot. On the patient care floors, staff can see their flu champion, and any employee can visit MGH Occupational Health on the fourth floor of 165 Cambridge St. Vaccines are available without an appointment Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Additional employee flu clinics soon will be announced.
"We're already more than halfway to our goal," says Andy Gottlieb, NP,
director of Occupational Health. "More than 10,000 employees have been vaccinated here at the MGH, and their status already has been recorded in PeopleSoft."