Sheboygan, Wis. – COVID-19 vaccinations allocated by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) are now being administered in Sheboygan to health care workers at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital and Prevea Health.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a long, difficult road for all,” said Justin Selle, President and CEO at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital. “While there is still a road ahead of us, this provides us some light at the end of the tunnel, ensuring our health care workers can stay healthy and continue to care for all who need them.”
The first vaccinations were administered today (Dec. 29, 2020) at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital to a number of HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital and Prevea Health employees. (Prior to the vaccine being available in Sheboygan today, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital and Prevea Health colleagues based in Sheboygan also had the option to travel to HSHS St. Vincent and St. Mary’s Hospitals in Green Bay to receive the vaccine.) Vaccinations will continue at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan for HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital and Prevea health care workers throughout the coming days and weeks.
Vicki Zimmerman, an environmental services associate at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital was among the first to receive a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Sheboygan today.
“I am very excited and grateful to be vaccinated today, and feel a greater sense of safety,” said Vicki, whose role is to keep patient care areas throughout the hospital clean.
Dr. Charles Korankye, family medicine physician at the Prevea Sheboygan Health Center, was also among the first to be vaccinated at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital. “I have witnessed the devastating impact of COVID-19 on my patients and their families,” he said. “I have also witnessed its negative impact on education, small businesses and the community. To have a vaccine that gives us a chance to finally control the spread of this virus within a reasonable time is a miracle to me. I wholeheartedly encourage all my patients and the community to become vaccinated as soon as it is available to them.”
COVID-19 vaccinations are also being administered to health care workers at additional Prevea Health and HSHS hospitals (HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire; HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls) throughout Wisconsin.
About HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital
HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital has been delivering high quality health care to Sheboygan and its surrounding communities since 1890. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital provides a comprehensive range of services that include cancer care, women’s services, 24-hour emergency care, digestive health, orthopedics, cardiac, home health and hospice care. The hospital’s primary purpose is to continue Christ’s healing love through the delivery of high quality and compassionate health care in an environment sensitive to the needs of all people. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. An affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people. To learn more, visit www.stnicholashospital.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states – Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.
About Prevea Health
Founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, Prevea Health is a health care organization that provides high-quality, primary and specialty health care in 80+ locations across Northern, Eastern and Western Wisconsin in clinic and hospital settings. It is partnered with six Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin to provide patients a system of highly-coordinated care, close to home: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.