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14 HARTFORDBUSINESS.COM | NOVEMBER 1, 2021 HEALTHCARE HEROES AWARDS 2021 TrinityHealthOfNE.org Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Abrantes-Figueiredo, Chief of Infectious Disease, and the Trinity Health Of New England Vax-A-Thon team for being named 2021 Healthcare Heroes! 1000 Asylum Avenue, 5th Floor • Hartford, CT 06105 • 860-714-1900 T he overarching purpose of the 24-hour Vax-A-Thon clinic was to better serve Greater Hartford residents living within zip codes that have been hardest hit by COVID-19 and make up a large portion of the vulnerable populations, with limited access to the vaccine. Q: Why is the organization a HealthCare Hero? Trinity Health Of New England spotted the critical need to innovate and expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine. In turn, they launched the one-of-a-kind Vax-A-Thon, the region's only 24-hour vaccine clinic. The pop-up clinic removed barriers for many in the Greater Hartford region, offering the COVID vaccine to all eligible individuals, no appointment, no insurance and no ID or confirmation of citizenship needed. Launching a 24-hour pop-up vaccine clinic while maintaining nearly half-a- dozen existing mass vaccine clinics and various pop-up clinics throughout the state required tremendous cooperative efforts among clinical leaders, colleagues, pharmacy staff, security, IT staff, volunteers and community partners. Q: How did this organization respond to COVID-19? "We pride ourselves on our ability to provide equitable care for all community members," said Dr. Reggy Eadie, Trinity president and CEO. "The Vax-A-Thon was our way of proving our commitment to ensuring ease of access to the lifesaving vaccine. We are proud to be the only healthcare organization in the northeast to hold a 24-hour COVID-19 vaccine clinic." H artford HealthCare is committed to health equity and bringing experts where they are needed most. The goals of the mobile teams are to meet patients where they are to provide them with the necessary medical care, whether COVID-19 testing, vaccination or preventative health screenings and services. Q: Why are they a HealthCare Hero? Hartford HealthCare mobile vaccine, testing and neighborhood health teams are providing essential medical services to our community members at accessible locations. The mobile "CareVans" operate health clinics offering medical and social support services including screenings, mental health counseling, medical referrals, education and support. The mobile COVID-19 vaccine and testing teams travel the state five days a week, setting up clinics at community locations to provide services to those who may not be able to access them otherwise. Hartford HealthCare is committed to ensuring our community members are provided with the trusted medical care they deserve at accessible locations. Q: How did these organizations contribute to your organization's COVID-19 response? To date, we have held 2,177 mobile COVID-19 testing events providing over 150,000 tests on-site at community locations including shelters, soup kitchens, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, schools and businesses. We have held 379 mobile COVID-19 vaccine events providing over 14,000 vaccinations in our communities. Trinity Health Of New England Vaccine Team Top Executive: Lisa E. Zapatka, Senior Vice President, Regional Chief Nursing Officer Hartford HealthCare Team Members: HHC Neighborhood Health Teams, HHC Mobile Testing Teams, HHC Mobile Vaccination Teams Winner Category: Advancement in Healthcare - Innovation Winner Category: Advancement in Healthcare - Prevention

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