December 17, 2020
Nashville, TN - Today, TriStar Health received the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines and immediately operationalized to administer the initial Pfizer vaccines. Fourteen frontline caregivers who treat COVID-19 patients directly - nurses, respiratory therapists, and physicians represented their seven middle Tennessee TriStar Health hospitals, to be the first recipients of the vaccine.
“This day is one of great significance, hope is now on the horizon and we can see the end in the distance as we administer the first COVID-19 vaccines” said Heather J. Rohan, FACHE, President, HCA Healthcare TriStar Division. “The resilience and steadfastness of our colleagues throughout this unprecedented pandemic has been one of our finest moments in healthcare. Thank you to our colleagues who answer the call to serve every day and continue to give selflessly” Rohan shared.
Weeks of extensive planning and logistics coordination went into rolling out the vaccine to thousands of TriStar Health colleagues and physicians. The administration of the vaccine will take place in a phased, intentional approach, with priority given to those based on their potential for exposure due to their work.
“As we roll-out the first COVID-19 vaccine, it’s important to stop to think of what this signifies. This is essentially the beginning of the end of the pandemic,” said Dr. Tama Van Decar, TriStar Division Chief Medical Officer. “An approved vaccine is the first step toward ending this global fight.
“The vaccine is safe. I believe in this vaccine. I believe in the science behind this vaccine. I believe in the intricate review process. The vaccine has a 95% efficacy; this is an incredible tribute to the research, science, and IT communities" emphasized VanDecar. “Additionally, deployment of the vaccine does not change our commitment to all elements of universal protection, which have been the mainstay of our COVID-19 safety program to date. These include wearing a mask, practicing good hand hygiene and maintaining social distancing. Throughout the pandemic, TriStar Health frontline care teams and the support functions behind them have focused on delivering the best possible care in the safest possible way. VanDecar shared, “Together, we have fought the pandemic, and now it is time to take the next step: Administer vaccines that can ultimately stop the virus.”
TriStar Health facilities participating in the event included frontline caregivers from TriStar Centennial, TriStar Hendersonville, TriStar Horizon, TriStar Skyline, TriStar Southern Hills, TriStar StoneCrest, and TriStar Summit. As the COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, TriStar Health’s goal is that all colleagues and physicians who choose to be vaccinated, receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
TriStar Health encourages all residents in the communities we serve, to get the vaccine when it becomes available to them. This is how we end a pandemic.