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Some hospitals are significantly impacted by the vaccine mandate, seeking help in other areas

The vaccine mandate going into effect is impacting healthcare systems differently, causing them to have to maintain a collaborative approach to staffing issues that may come up.

Rome Health Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer Ryan Thompson says it’s challenging within each individual region.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 12 a.m., anyone not vaccinated needs to resign unless they have a grace period from their employer.


Thompson said they lost around 2.5-5% of their workforce. He said he does not expect the loss in staff to have any major impact on the patients.

Community Memorial’s Director of Marketing and Development Meghan Dougherty said they needed to place under ten employees on involuntary suspension and are giving them until Oct. 12 to get vaccinated.

Community Memorial has no intention of changing anything for patients.

Oneida Health President and CEO Gene Morreale says their healthcare system is in an entirely different position, and it’s bad enough that they’re sending patients to other hospitals for specialized care.

Going forward Thompson says hospitals are in contact with each other weekly to talk about what types of patients can get care in certain hospitals.



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