New era begins as Greenwich Hospital launches COVID-19 vaccine campaign

Wednesday, December 16, 2020


(Left) Karen Santucci, MD, Greenwich Hospital’s chief medical officer, introduces the five employees who were among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during a virtual press conference.

(Right) Greenwich Hospital pharmacist Jasmine Sahni, PharmD, administers the vaccine to Piyal Alam, DO, a family medicine physician with Northeast Medical Group, which is part of Yale New Haven Health.

Greenwich, CT (Dec. 16, 2020) – Greenwich Hospital began vaccinating its frontline healthcare workers against COVID-19 on Wednesday, heralding a new chapter in the fight against the coronavirus virus that has decimated communities across Connecticut and around the country.

“Today, we have a new weapon in our war against COVID, a vaccination that is incredibly safe and carries a 95 percent rate of efficacy. Armed with this vaccine, we have a new opportunity to beat back and crush COVID over the weeks and months ahead,” said Diane Kelly, Greenwich Hospital president.

Kelly spoke at a virtual press conference during which five staff members – two physicians, two nurses and a member of the Environmental Services team – received the vaccine created by Pfizer and the German company BioNTech. The Pfizer vaccine will be given in two doses, with recipients to get the second shot 21 days after the first one.

The first batch of vaccines arrived at Greenwich Hospital Tuesday night. Additional doses will arrive almost daily from Yale New Haven Health.

“We are proud to have played at least a small part in the advancement of the Pfizer vaccine, with Yale New Haven Hospital as one of the clinical trial sites,” said Karen Santucci, MD, chief medical officer, Greenwich Hospital.

Anna Cerra, Greenwich Hospital’s chief nursing officer, said the nation was at a “crossroads in dealing with the disease” with the arrival of the vaccine. “It is safe. It is effective. I am here to say that there is nothing more important today than to get vaccinated,” she said.

Among those being vaccinated today were Piyal Alam, DO, a family medicine physician with Northeast Medical Group; Mark Anthony Abille, RN, Post Acute Care Unit; Kathleen Collins, RN, Intermediate Care Unit; Samantha D’Annunzio, MD, Intensive Care Unit; and Deyanira Ferreras, Environmental Services.

Yale New Haven Health has launched a “Do your part to crush COVID-19” education campaign to encourage vaccination.

Greenwich Hospital is a member of Yale New Haven Health. Greenwich is a 206-bed (includes 32 isolettes) community hospital serving lower Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. It is a academic affiliate of Yale School of Medicine. Since opening in 1903, Greenwich Hospital has evolved into a progressive medical center and teaching institution representing all medical specialties and offering a wide range of medical, surgical, diagnostic and wellness programs. Greenwich Hospital is recognized throughout the healthcare industry as a leader in service and patient satisfaction excellence. Greenwich Hospital has the prestigious Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence.

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