NAPLES, Fla. – October 1, 2021 Thursday, September 30, 2021, was the last day for NCH staff to become compliant with our COVID vaccine requirement. Up until the end of the day yesterday, those employees who had not taken previous action were still in the process of submitting verification of their vaccine status or submitting approved exemptions. Employees had until the close of business on September 30 to submit verification.
We have had the opportunity to process any exemptions and vaccine verifications that we received late yesterday and are happy to report that 97.8% of NCH staff are fully vaccinated or have an approved religious or medical exemption. That means that NCH offers the safest patient care environments in Southwest Florida with an extra level of protection that patients can feel good about if they find themselves or their loved ones in one of our hospitals or physician practices.
69% of those who elected not to be vaccinated and have voluntarily resigned as of September 30 were temporary staff as opposed to core employees.
NCH is proud to continue to offer large sign-on bonuses, free health insurance and competitive salaries that have helped us in hiring and retaining personnel to ensure that we can continue our tradition of providing quality care and an exceptional patient experience for which we have been recognized for.
We appreciate our staff’s observance of this policy by helping us achieve near 100% compliance so we may continue to offer our patients and staff the safest environment possible to help everyone in our community live a longer, happier, healthier life.