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Published on March 03, 2010

Overlake Named a Winner in the King County Healthcare Coalition Emergency Preparedness and Response Awards

Bellevue, WA (March 3, 2010) – To celebrate the many advances our healthcare system has made in regards to emergency preparedness and response, the Executive Council of the King County Healthcare Coalition recently announced the winners of the 2009 Emergency Preparedness and Response Awards. The 2009 award recipients are being recognized for not only contributing significantly to their own organizations, but to the community as a whole. The Excellence in Innovation award was presented to Overlake Hospital Medical Center for the development of a communications campaign culminating in free H1N1 vaccination clinics for pregnant women.

Overlake was able to effectively communicate and implement a comprehensive plan of action for providing H1N1 vaccinations to  more than 1,600 pregnant women. Overlake, working in conjunction with its Women’s Center, was able to send postcards to all of its pregnant patients indicating how to register and receive free H1N1 vaccine. Along with the postcards, Overlake was able to conduct a full media campaign to advertise the free vaccinations.

Additional awards were presented to Dr. Margaret Neff, Harborview Medical Center/UW Medicine for facilitation of H1N1 Regional ICU Coordination & Data Tracking, Covenant Shores Retirement Community for development of resident led disaster drills, and the Methadone Preparedness Work Group for ensuring continuity of care during disasters for citizens enrolled in King County Opiate Treatment Programs. Awardees will be honored at a meeting in April.