Sierra Vista Uses 3M Grant to Vaccinate Community 
Shannon Downing 
Friday, 22 October 2010 

3M Infection Prevention announced that Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center came in a close second in the 3M “Innovation Award” contest, which invited healthcare facilities across the country to showcase original ways of improving patient care and helping to reduce the risk for healthcare-associated infections through video or written submissions.  Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center’s entry received more than 9,600 votes during a two week public voting phase and as a runner-up, will receive a $1,000 educational grant from 3M to continue its innovative initiative. 

Sierra Vista will use the grant money to host a free flu vaccine clinic for the community. The clinic will take place on Saturday, November 6, from 9am to noon in the Sierra Vista Auditorium. Vaccines will be given on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

In addition to the hospital’s efforts to vaccinate the community, Sierra Vista has embarked on a massive flu shot campaign aimed at ensuring all staff receives the vaccination. Currently, more than 93-percent of employees have gotten their flu shot.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, less than half of healthcare workers nationwide report getting vaccinated.

Sierra Vista submitted their recently filmed hospital music video “I’m Gonna Wash My Hands” as their innovative infection prevention practice to 3M. The video features employees washing their hands to the tune of the popular Beatles song, “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The adapted song is performed by the Bluz Dogz, a local band featuring Dr. Harold Segal and Sierra Vista nurses Linda Martin and Bud McCabe. The lyrics encourage people to wash their hands to help stop the spread of infection.

To view Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center’s submission, along with the other finalists, please visit: