Cleveland Clinic has announced that all its U.S. employees and service providers must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by Jan. 4, in today’s bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Georgia, and Ohio.
- California: The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) has spent $22.5 million on overtime because of disruptions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the Los Angeles Times, the department lost 400,000 hours of work time between March 2020 and Oct. 9, 2021. Firefighters had to work overtime to fill shifts for others who contracted the coronavirus or were quarantined—which cost anywhere from around $33 an hour to over $108 an hour, depending on the firefighter's position. According to LAFD, the department tracked Covid-19 related expenses for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. (Lonas, The Hill, 11/10)
- Georgia: Emory Healthcare on Friday announced Jonathan Lewin's departure as CEO of Emory Healthcare and executive director of its Woodruff Health Sciences Center after serving in the roles for six years. During Lewin's leadership, the organization saw record-breaking growth in clinical volumes, research funding and patient quality outcomes, according to Emory. "I cannot overstate what an incredible privilege it has been to lead both the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and Emory Healthcare. I remain incredibly impressed by all parts of Emory health sciences and the health care system, and plan to stay on at Emory as a member of the faculty—returning to my roots in innovation, education and technology development," Lewin said. "The leadership team has never been stronger, and the organization is better than ever. I am excited to watch what I am confident will be the continued success and growth of this great institution and to contribute in new ways to improve lives and provide hope." (Saunders, Atlanta Business Chronicle, 11/14)
- Ohio: In compliance with CMS' Covid-19 vaccine requirement, Cleveland Clinic on Friday announced all eligible U.S. employees and service providers must be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4. According to a statement made by Cleveland Clinic, "Under the CMS rule, employees who are not fully vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022, and who do not have a religious or medical exemption that can be accommodated, will no longer be able to work for us." The statement added, "We are proud that the majority of our caregivers are already vaccinated, and we are encouraging those who are not yet vaccinated to receive their vaccine as quickly as possible." As of Friday, roughly 80% of employees were already fully vaccinated. (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/12)