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Vaccination-related employee departures at 40 hospitals, health systems
Becker's Hospital Review ^ | November 22, 2021 | Kelly Gooch

Posted on 11/22/2021 7:00:47 PM PST by buckalfa

Amid health system and state COVID-19 vaccination requirements, workers have been fired for noncompliance, and some have resigned or quit.

Here are stats from 40 organizations, announced since June:

Note: This list was updated Nov. 22. It is not exhaustive.

1. Crouse Health fired 45 employees because of the state vaccination mandate, the Syracuse, N.Y.-based health system confirmed to Becker's. The employees are eligible for rehire if they choose to get vaccinated.

2. Centra Health in Lynchburg, Va., fired five employees because they refused to comply with the hospital's vaccination mandate, a spokesperson confirmed to Becker's. There were also 31 voluntary resignations over the mandate.

3. Riverside Healthcare in Kankakee, Ill., terminated 40 employees who refused to comply with its vaccination requirement, the Daily Journal reported Nov. 16. The employees were fired after failing to comply following a two-week suspension.

4. Less than 1 percent of staff at Topeka, Kan.-based Stormont Vail Health voluntarily left their jobs since September because of a vaccination requirement, spokesperson MollyPatt Horan told The Topeka Capital-Journal. No employees have been fired from the health system.

5. Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center in La Junta, Colo., terminated four employees because of their refusal to comply with a policy requiring regular COVID-19 testing or vaccination, a hospital spokesperson confirmed to Becker's. The spokesperson, Janice Leija, said the employees had filed exemptions, but refused to test as required.

6. Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo., terminated 56 employees for not abiding by the state's COVID-19 vaccine requirements for healthcare workers, a spokesperson said, according to ABC affiliate KRDO. The medical center has about 3,000 employees.

7. Since the announcement of the health system's vaccination requirement in August, less than 1 percent of CHI Memorial employees have departed the Chattanooga,Tenn.- based organization because they declined to get vaccinated against COVID-19, spokesperson Karen Long confirmed to Becker's. The health system has more than 4,400 employees, according to its website.

8. Three Rivers Hospital Business Development Coordinator Jennifer Best told KIRO Radio that the Brewster, Wash.-based hospital had to let six people go out of 129 staff members because of the state's vaccination mandate. Ms. Best said in the radio interview that the staff members who were let go were not full-time employees.

9. Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua Health lost about 120 employees because of the five-hospital system's vaccination policy, according to NJ.com. The workers resigned because of the policy or were terminated for noncompliance.

10. Advocate Aurora Health, which has dual headquarters in Downers Grove, Ill., and Milwaukee, reported that about 440 workers (out of the system's 75,000 employees) "have parted ways" with the system because they were unvaccinated by Advocate's Oct. 15 deadline and did not have approved exemptions, according to the Chicago Tribune.

11. Carbondale-based Southern Illinois Healthcare said about 220 people are no longer employed because they did not get vaccinated, according to the Chicago Tribune, although most employees did.

12. Ninety-four employees at Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health lost their jobs Oct. 18 because they failed to meet the system's COVID-19 vaccination requirement, according to the New Haven Register.

13. Officials with Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Health said 145 unvaccinated workers were placed on unpaid leave pending the Oct. 15 final deadline to get vaccinated or be fired, according to The Boston Globe. In the end, Baystate Health said it fired 90 workers, including 52 per diem employees, who remained unvaccinated Oct. 15, the newspaper reported.

14. Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, N.Y., fired 28 employees because of vaccination mandate noncompliance, according to NNY360.

15. Eighty-four employees had resigned from Lewiston-based Central Maine Healthcare as of Oct. 11 because of a state vaccination mandate, according to system spokesperson Ann Kim. More than 250 employees had no COVID-19 vaccination record with the system and 170 of them are in direct patient care roles at Central Maine Medical Center.

16. Syracuse, N.Y.-based St. Joseph's Health fired 78 workers for refusing to get vaccinated, according to syracuse.com. The terminated employees refused to get vaccinated by the state's Sept. 27 mandate deadline and remained unvaccinated after a suspension period.

17. About 400 employees unvaccinated against COVID-19 have quit their jobs at Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System, the Detroit Free Press, Bridge Michigan and Michigan Radio reported Oct. 5. The employees who left their jobs represent about 1 percent of Henry Ford's 33,000-person workforce.

18. Aurora, Colo.-based UCHealth fired more than 100 workers — including 54 in the Denver metropolitan area — who refused to get vaccinated, officials said Oct. 4, according to the Denver Post. System spokesperson Dan Weaver told the newspaper 119 — or less than 0.5 percent of the system's 26,500 employees statewide — did not get vaccinated or receive an exemption by the Oct. 1 mandate deadline.

19. A total of 1,400 employees of New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health either resigned or were terminated for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a spokesperson confirmed to Becker's Oct. 4. The departures represent less than 2 percent of Northwell's workforce.

20. Falls Church-based Inova Health System lost 89 workers for noncompliance with the system's Sept. 1 vaccine requirement, J. Stephen Jones, president and CEO of the system, told The Washington Post. This represents less than half of 1 percent of its 20,000-person workforce.

21. Seventy-two employees were terminated from Winchester-based Valley Health on Sept. 21, for noncompliance with the Sept. 7 vaccine requirement, health system officials told The Washington Post. About 300 of the system's 6,000 workers received a religious or medical exemption, officials said.

22. Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., suspended or fired 113 employees for refusing to get vaccinated by the state's mandate deadline Sept. 27, according to syracuse.com.

23. Thirty-eight unvaccinated employees at San Diego-based Scripps Health will be terminated through their voluntary resignation, based on failure to comply with California's mandate, according to Scripps President and CEO Chris Van Gorder. He told Becker's Scripps will rehire these workers at their full status and seniority if they become vaccination-compliant by Nov. 1.

24. St. Luke's University Health Network, a Bethlehem, Pa.-based system with 17,000 employees, said Sept. 28 that 68 full-time employees and 87 part-time/per diem employees refused to become vaccinated by the organization's Sept. 25 deadline and resigned.

25. Newark, Del.-based ChristianaCare fired about 150 employees, or the equivalent of fewer than 90 full-time employees, for not complying with its vaccination policy, Janice Nevin, MD, president and CEO, wrote in a blog post Sept. 27.

26. Fewer than 250 of New York City-based NewYork-Presbyterian's 48,000 team members failed to comply with the system's mandate and no longer work at the system as of Sept. 23, according to system spokesperson Alexandra Langan.

27. Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health fired about 175 employees for not complying with the system's COVID-19 vaccination program after an unpaid five-day suspension.

28. As of Sept. 23, 66 employees had left Brewer-based Northern Light Health because of the vaccination requirement, according to system spokesperson Karen Cashman.

29. As of Sept. 23, 58 of Portland-based MaineHealth's 23,000 staff members had resigned and cited the vaccination requirement as among the reasons for their decision, system spokesperson Caroline Cornish told Becker's.

30. Seventy-two unvaccinated workers were terminated from Winchester, Va.-based Valley Health.

31. About 60 employees resigned from their jobs at UNC Health, citing the Chapel Hill, N.C.-based system's vaccination requirement, system spokesperson Alan Wolf confirmed to Becker's Sept. 21.

32. By Sept. 15, the vaccination requirement deadline, Morehead, Ky.-based St. Claire HealthCare had fired 23 employees for noncompliance, hospital spokesperson Amy Riddle confirmed to Becker's.

33. Med Center Health in Bowling Green, Ky., said 180 staff members were terminated because of its vaccination requirement.

34. After a two-week unpaid suspension ending Sept. 14, 125 employees at IU Health left the Indianapolis-based organization after refusing to be vaccinated.

35. Eleven Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital workers resigned because of the state's vaccination mandate, which requires healthcare workers at hospitals and nursing homes to receive their first vaccine dose by Sept. 27.

36. Lewis County Health System, a single-hospital system in Lowville, N.Y., said it would temporarily close its maternity unit after 30 staff resigned over the state's vaccination mandate.

37. Tidelands Health fired one of its employees for not complying with the Georgetown, S.C.-based system's vaccination mandate.

38. Charleston-based Medical University of South Carolina Health fired five of its employees for not complying with its vaccination mandate.

39. West Orange, N.J.-based RWJBarnabas Health fired six workers for not complying with its vaccination mandate.

40. At Houston Methodist, 153 employees either resigned during a two-week suspension period or were terminated for noncompliance with its vaccination mandate.


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Certainly not a tidal wave of firings or resignations over the vaccine mandate as reported by the healthcare organizations cited in this article. Either the stats are cherry picked or healthcare workers are not as mad as hell and are willing to take the jab. Of course the CMS mandate day for the first jab is December 6th. Perhaps that is when the rubber will meet the road.
1 posted on 11/22/2021 7:00:47 PM PST by buckalfa
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Long Island ER Temporarily Closes Due To Lack Of Nurses
Breaking: The facility could be shut for at least four weeks in connection to the state’s vaccine mandate.

https://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/4015010/posts


2 posted on 11/22/2021 7:04:47 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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December 6, yes. That’s the day I will begin my involuntary suspension without pay. Our hospital did hold out until the end- but the blackmail by the government is effective.

Some of my co-workers will be coerced into taking it- others won’t. There is a rage building against the administration.


3 posted on 11/22/2021 7:09:40 PM PST by SE Mom (Screaming Eagle Mom)
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To: buckalfa

Does make you wonder if this is a big part of Obama/Biden forcing Government control of healthcare.


4 posted on 11/22/2021 7:10:44 PM PST by caww ( )
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To: SE Mom

I was under the impression that Gov. DeSantis signed an executive order that protected you?


5 posted on 11/22/2021 7:12:57 PM PST by Taxman (SAVE AMERICA!)
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To: buckalfa

I have a feeling that that list will get very, very large in the coming weeks and months, and many health are systems will be in trouble, as we, the patients, will.

This is insanity.


6 posted on 11/22/2021 7:17:30 PM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: buckalfa

So if you’re right and employees give up then it’s like Biden staring down Corn Pop. Joe can be terrifying./S


7 posted on 11/22/2021 7:21:52 PM PST by frank ballenger (You have summoned up a thundercloud. You're gonna hear from me. Anthem by Leonard Cohen)
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To: Taxman

He signed it, yes. I love our governor! But that doesn’t affect healthcare workers who work at places accepting Medicare and medicaid, which are Federal dollars. Also, the OSHA regs don’t affect us either. We’re under CMS, and they have not followed what OSHA did last week- suspening the mandate.

Our Fl. AG Moody sued CMS last week, but federal judge already ruled against her. Now she’ll appeal..but..this all takes time...


8 posted on 11/22/2021 7:24:23 PM PST by SE Mom (Screaming Eagle Mom)
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The above is over 1000 medical pros....

I didn't count them all.

I well say I work in a small rural Hosp. sometimes.

I've not been vaxxed at all..I have been exposed many, many times...

Up in the grills of many COVID POS people...And I have not tested POS for the 19 ever.

I have had co-workers...get the VAXX and brag about not needing to wear protection..and then they got the 19 and confided in me they were scared.

The little Hosp. I work at takes very sick people..they need very qualified healthcare people helping them...

These mandate will ruin small Hospitals...Hospitals that are 50 miles away from a bigger Hosp.

I've already stated my position at the Hosp....

We shall see...

9 posted on 11/22/2021 7:45:05 PM PST by Osage Orange (1961 VW Two Door Truck)
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There was a shortage of nurses and other healthcare workers well before COVID. COVID caused a LOT of HC workers to retire, quit or change careers due to stress and being over worked, while at the same time shutting down schools that would produce new workers. The number of vax holdouts might be small but at this point, every loss is painful.


10 posted on 11/22/2021 7:46:24 PM PST by ETCM
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“Does make you wonder if this is a big part of Obama/Biden forcing Government control of healthcare.”

And just where is said “government” going to recruit competent healthcare workers? Don’t get me wrong, biteme is a retard and more than likely will import foreigners to fill positions but I for one am going to avoid them like the plague. The real plague not the imiganry covid.


11 posted on 11/22/2021 8:03:54 PM PST by chuckb87
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"Does make you wonder if this is a big part of Obama/Biden forcing Government control of healthcare.

Having worked in various hospital financial management roles for 35 years, it is safe to say government has controlled healthcare since the inception of Medicare. Accounting, reimbursement, covered service, and other conditions of participation determine how hospitals work. ObamaCare basically extended government's reach to commercial insurance carriers.

12 posted on 11/22/2021 8:08:20 PM PST by buckalfa (I have forgotten more than I ever knew.)
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The left is not looking for competence. They are looking for equity. Scary.


13 posted on 11/22/2021 8:13:47 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: buckalfa

Yes, I do realize this...however people are still free to choose their healthcare providers.


14 posted on 11/22/2021 9:52:11 PM PST by caww ( )
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Like they do for every other government roles throughout our government. They’ll recruit and appoint those to do that recruiting, but they’ll all be under the covid shot rule without doubt.


15 posted on 11/22/2021 9:54:22 PM PST by caww ( )
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Having worked in various hospital financial management roles for 35 years,

...you *are* the problem.

16 posted on 11/22/2021 10:07:11 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change with out notice.)
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What is happening, is mass retirements. The NYS healthcare system is devastated, probably running on 60-75% of it previous capacity. Some hospitals are running with over 50% of travelling nurses.


17 posted on 11/22/2021 10:55:34 PM PST by freespirit2012
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To: SE Mom

My daughter is in this category after working the Covid ward for a year and a half.


18 posted on 11/23/2021 12:17:49 AM PST by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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My sister was fired yesterday from the hospital she's worked at for decades. I'm waiting for word on my religious exemption - if it's denied, I'll be getting fired on December 5.

Merry Christmas!

19 posted on 11/23/2021 2:56:52 AM PST by NoLongerTrappedInNY
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destroying the healthcare system in this country like they want to destroy the energy sector as well. Build back better, read into this, destroy what we know and build it back with better control


20 posted on 11/23/2021 3:05:08 AM PST by ronnie raygun
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