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Healthcare Workers Drive Flu Prevention in MD

Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, December 29, 2010

It began as an extension of the mall booth concept. "We expanded from the booth due to a distinct need for flu shots," she says.

At first, the drive-through clinic was set up outside the hospital using the facility's own parking lot. These days the clinic has moved down the road to Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in order to accommodate the number of patients who show up.

"Last year we were just a few patients short of seven thousand," said Mihalik. The team's multidisciplinary approach comes into play when pulling together this enormously popular event.

"We need staff to organize the lot, involve security, make sure supplies are ordered. [We need] people to handle the consent forms. We need staffing to support the clinicians who are on site," said Mihalik.

All of this has become a sixteen-hour event that served over 5,000 people this year."We've got it down to a science now," said Mihalik.  As expected with any project of this scale, there were lessons learned along the way.

"Before we moved to the stadium, we encountered traffic issues when the popularity grew," says Mihalik. When issues grew, like cars parked in neighboring residential areas or blocking the street, they knew the clinic would need a larger venue more apt to handle the flow.

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