Vaccine clinic volunteers recognized

From left are Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. Daniel Carey, Virginia Department of Health Three Rivers Health District director Dr. Richard S. Williams, Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital vice president administrator Alan Bailey and Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital Foundation consultant Jimmie Carter at the June 16 RGH Vaccine Clinic Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

In February, when the COVID-19 pandemic had claimed half a million American lives and vaccines were newly available, leaders at Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital (RGH) embarked on a mission to organize a community vaccination clinic with mass throughput capability to serve the area.

Over the course of a month, RGH—partnering with Three Rivers Health District—identified a clinic location, worked out the vaccine supply chain through the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), lined up nurses and clinicians to administer vaccines, recruited and organized volunteers, and trained to became proficient in utilizing an online registration and database program provided by the state health system.

RGH’s pharmacy department, led by Linda St. George, managed the vaccines, arranging delivery and proper storage. Kimberlie Hensley, RGH safety coordinator, tended to a constantly growing list of supplies necessary for clinic operations.

Julie Dudley was brought on board to organize….

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