By Emily Gross, Senior Manager of Program Development and Outreach
Today’s Front Line Hero is Niagara Lutheran Health System, whose employees are taking swift action to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Niagara Lutheran Health System operates The GreenFields Continuing Care Community, providing a continuum of care for seniors in Lancaster, New York, through independent and assisted living; skilled nursing and respite care; memory care; and rehabilitation. The GreenFields has a 20-year history and like other senior services organizations, is working to keep the people they serve safe from infection.
Staff demonstrated their commitment throughout the year by taking on additional responsibilities and comforting and communicating with residents and families. But when The GreenFields began offering the vaccine in late December, staff showed their overwhelming support with a fantastic turnout to receive it. In fact, the lead Walgreens pharmacist administering vaccinations stated that out of the many healthcare facilities she visited, The GreenFields had the most employees step forward to receive the vaccine. GreenField Health & Rehabilitation Center staff and residents received their second dose of the vaccine last week, and on January 29, vaccinations will continue in memory care and on assisted living campuses.
The pandemic has once again called nonprofits to act as leaders in helping others. Staff at The GreenFields have gone one step further and led by example, enthusiastically embracing the vaccine to stop the spread of the virus.