Williston, ND – The Alliance for Continuing Education in Health Professionals and Pfizer have generously chosen CHI St. Alexius Health Williston as recipients of the Improving Pneumococcal Immunizations in Immunocompromised Patients grant. This grant will allow us to implement a pneumococcal vaccination program in our Leonard P. Nelson Cancer Center in alignment with our mission, vision, and goals. At CHI St. Alexius Health Williston we are continuously striving to champion wellness in our community and this program is an extension of that continuous strive for excellence.
The goal of the program is to increase immunization rates by giving patients the opportunity to receive the pneumococcal vaccination during pre-existing appointments as opposed to having to create a separate appointment. Pneumonia continues to be the ninth leading cause of death in the state and here in Williston we still see around ten cases every month. Especially given our rural health status, an additional appointment for patients can mean the difference between receiving care and not. By making it easier for patients to receive the vaccine when convenient for them and providing education surrounding the vaccine we hope to increase immunization rates leading to a healthier patient population and community.