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Taking Our Shot: What It’s Meant for the Post-Acute Care Model

By: Dr. James Malone, Stonerise Chief Medical Director

The COVID-19 pandemic was certainly unprecedented, challenging and full of navigating the unknown. It has dramatically altered the way we all live and at Stonerise, it has forever changed the way we care for our patients. We recently took time to tell our COVID-19 journey. Perhaps the brightest part of our COVID-19 story, and the turning point for our team members and patients was the availability of highly effective vaccines.

On Dec. 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the first two COVID-19 vaccines. As the nation geared up for the rollout of the vaccines, Stonerise moved quickly and with tenacity to prepare for its administration throughout the Stonerise Network. Thanks to the agility and hard work of our teams, Stonerise was able to establish vaccine clinics at 14 centers less than a week after the EUA was issued for the first vaccine. We launched the remaining three centers the following week.

Below is a brief timeline of key milestones related to the 5-day initial vaccine rollout at Stonerise:

  • 12/11/20 – The first Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 vaccine is issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • 12/11/20 – $150 vaccine incentive put in place for all team members
  • 12/11/20 – 12/20/20 – Public-facing educational vaccine webinars begin sharing information about the vaccine and how to get it
  • 12/16/20 – Vaccine clinics are opened at 14 Stonerise centers

Countless team members across the Stonerise Network – including our home health, skilled nursing center, therapy and hospice teams – jumped in to champion the vaccine. They helped disseminate education to patients, teammates, and spouses. They became social media ambassadors for our local communities sharing testimonials via video and other mediums. This was a locally driven, grassroots effort that continues today.

Through July 1, 2021, 88% of our patients have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 74% of our team members. The rates of vaccine adoption have led to a dramatic change in active cases. Since the vaccine rollout there have been very few, if any, active cases throughout the Stonerise Network. Other acute and post-acute healthcare partners are seeing the same trends, and continue the national effort end this pandemic.

Stonerise continues to advocate for the administration of the vaccine in our communities and has spoken out publicly offering clinical expertise and encouragement for the hesitant to receive the vaccine.

We cannot forget what we endured just a few short months ago. In December, COVID-19 outbreaks were everywhere. Nearly every county experienced substantial community spread. 90% of skilled nursing centers in West Virginia had COVID outbreaks. It was nearly impossible to keep it out of healthcare settings. The absence of active COVID cases is absolutely attributable to the vaccine. It is effective and it is safe.

Learn more on our vaccine resource page.