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Gloversville Nursing Home Residents Receive First COVID-19 Vaccine
GLOVERSVILLE, NY – Yesterday, was “V-Day” or “Vaccination Day” at Nathan Littauer’s Nursing Home. January 6, 2021 at 9:30 a.m., the first resident at Nathan Littauer’s Nursing Home, 90-year-old Shirley Frederick, was given their first dose of Moderna’s SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 vaccine. After receiving the shot, Frederick exclaimed, “That’s it!?”
Of the first vaccinated residents, was 93-year-old Bertha “Knuckles” Kenyon. Bertha, a Nathan Littauer Nursing Home resident for nearly two years, expressed she was “Extremely excited,” to receive the vaccine. Within a matter of seconds, Bertha was vaccinated. Shortly after, she said, “It will protect me, and it wasn’t bad at all. I didn’t feel a thing. I’m feeling really, really, good.” Today, she reports no side effects.
Interestingly enough, Bertha is the mother of Littauer employee, Lisa Kenyon, Nursing Home Manager. Fortunately, they are now one of the very first familial vaccination pairs. Lisa says, “I’m so glad. My mother is very on-top of her health, and she was ecstatic to get the shot.”
In a joint effort to distribute the vaccine as quickly and as safely as possible; various Littauer staff, retired Littauer nurses included, focused their efforts towards a common goal: the vaccination of their beloved residents.
“The staff were amazing,” says Littauer’s Vice President and Administrator of NLH Nursing Home, Leslie Beadle. “They worked as efficiently as possible with one another. Together, we were like a well-oiled machine. The residents were wonderful and their families were very cooperative. The coordinated process took only a few hours, as we projected. Then, they were ready for Bingo in the Halls.”
Nearly 90 percent of Nathan Littauer’s Nursing Home residents will have received their first shot, all on their own accord and some with the approval of their loved ones. With a vast majority of Littauer’s residents having established an immunity, it will help protect them from the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 virus in the future, and possible exposure to the virus. Everyone is feeling well.
Once retired Littauer nurse, Debra “Deb” Henry, was happy to answer the call in assisting with the vaccination of Littauer Nursing Home residents. “A shot in the arm is a hopeful sign for many, including our residents and their family members,” Deb says. “It has been a really tough time for them. Now, they have a strong line of defense against the virus. It’s a heartwarming moment.”
The residents who have received their first dose of the Moderna SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 vaccine today, will receive their second dose in 28 days.
Lisa Kenyon adds, “We strongly encourage the immunization of others and encourage them to get vaccinated. The vaccine is safe, effective, and anybody who is able to get – should get it. My mother thinks the same way.”
Vaccination Day in the Littauer Nursing Home was an invigorating day for the residents and staff. Beadle confidently said, “We’re hopeful this is a step in the right direction; a step towards normality and the safety of, not only our residents, but our community members, too.”
About Nathan Littauer
Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74 bed acute care hospital with an 84 bed skilled nursing home. Since 1894, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve. More information can be found by visiting www.nlh.org.
Littauer’s Vice President and Administrator of NLH Nursing Home, Leslie Beadle, is one of many team members at Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home who has received their first dose of the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 vaccine. Here is what she had to say about it:
“I am so ‘over the moon’ excited. I am hopeful that people will consent to receive the vaccine, so we can help stop the spread of infection. Overall, vaccination is a step in the right direction towards the health and safety of our residents, staff, and community. Circumstances permitting, I’d recommend everyone to get the vaccine if they are able to.”
GLOVERSVILLE, NY – Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home is proud to announce 57 of the healthcare organization’s employees embarked on a trip to be vaccinated today. In accordance with the guidance released from New York State, hospitals have been appointed “hub vaccine locations,” to safely store and distribute the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
To ensure safe social-distancing practices, three coach buses took 57 ecstatic Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home employees to the organization’s hub vaccine location at Mohawk Valley Health System’s Faxton St. Luke’s Campus in Utica, NY. During the trip, many employees wanted to share their sentiments of volunteering for their shot of the COVID-19 vaccine:
“It’s moving, to say the least,” says Stephanie Fishel, RN, BSN, and Chief Nursing Officer at Littauer. “For a little over a year, we’ve been combating this deadly virus. Now, we can optimistically look forward. I am very proud of the clinical staff that are here today, getting vaccinated with me. All this time, there has been light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel. We’ve almost reached that light, and this vaccine is going to help us get there.”
“We’re all proud to represent the bigger picture here,” says Littauer’s Performance Improvement Specialist Wes McFee. “This is the beginning of a beautiful dream for a COVID-19-free community, nation, and planet. Many of us are humbled and honored to receive this vaccine.”
The Pfizer SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 vaccines were just a small portion of what was allocated to Littauer. With the Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Moderna’s vaccine, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home is set to receive 1,000 more SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks.
“Our goal is to safely vaccinate our workforce as quickly and efficiently as possible,” says President and CEO of Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home, Sean Fadale. “We can expect more vaccines for the rest of our employees in the coming weeks, and many are excited to receive it. I am very proud of the employees who volunteered to receive their first dose of the vaccine. They are leading by example.”
Additionally, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home is launching a campaign on vaccination. It is called, “A Pinch of Hope.” The campaign will help educate the public on the safety and effectiveness of the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 vaccines and provide resources for the community.
To see pictures of Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home staff before and after their vaccinations, or for more information on the “A Pinch of Hope” campaign, visit the Nathan Littauer official Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/NathanLittauerHospital
GLOVERSVILLE, NY – Healthcare workers at Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home in Gloversville, New York, represented by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement just as communities across the state are facing a surge in COVID-19 cases. On Monday, November 16, the 321 healthcare workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the contract. The previous contract expired almost two years ago; the new agreement is effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023.
“We have come to an equitable agreement at a pivotal time,” affirmed Sean Fadale, FACHE, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home’s President and CEO. “As the holidays approach, I want the community to know they are in good hands at Nathan Littauer. We are excited we reached an agreement so we can continue to focus on the organization’s future. As this contract illustrates, we are a community hospital focused on unity and compassion. We strive to be fair to all employees allowing us to deliver outstanding patient care.”
“This agreement proves that the dedicated Nathan Littauer healthcare workers are respected and valued for all that they do,” said Maureen Tomlinson, 1199SEIU Vice President in the Capital Region. “The agreed upon raises and wage increases indicate that we were heard when we said two important things: we need to be able to take care of our own families at the same time we care for others and Nathan Littauer must be able to attract and retain qualified staff. It is clear that when we work together, we can tackle even the most difficult challenges and there are many ahead. Together, we are prepared.”
The two sides announced a four-year agreement that provides annual raises across the board to 1199 members, as well as base wage increases in certain job categories, which will help attract new employees. The workers will maintain their health and pension benefits through the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund, which is one of the most comprehensive joint labor-management funds in the nation.
“Especially now, as we face a COVID-19 wave in our community, I am proud of this outcome,” explained Lana E. Wydra, PHR, SHRM-CP and Vice President of Human Resources for Littauer. “This agreement honors our employees, and the organization’s mission. Looking ahead, we are working toward a common goal: a strong workforce coupled with outstanding clinical outcomes to help keep our community safe.”
“The hospital has been very successful in treating our neighbors with COVID-19 and will strive to keep our patients and staff safe during the challenging months ahead,” adds Fadale. “We invite our region to join us in that quest, by masking and following safety guidelines.”
Littauer employees covered by the 1199 bargaining unit are technical and service employees, including licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, environmental services, nutritional services, lab and pharmacy technicians, diagnostic imaging services, engineering staff and others. “This is a great accomplishment as we continue to care for our community,” said Fadale. He went on to say, “Littauer and its employees can confidently move forward as one workforce.”
ABOUT 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-¬growing healthcare union in the nation, with over 450,000 nurses and caregivers throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Florida. For more information please visit www.1199seiu.org.
ABOUT Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home Nathan Littauer Hospital and Family of Health Services serves Fulton, Montgomery, and Hamilton counties in upstate New York with a full-service, 74-bed acute care hospital, nine primary care centers, a nursing home and a community education center. The hospital was founded in 1894 and has 1,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.nlh.org.