Case Western Reserve University has received an award for its planning efforts related to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.
Representatives from the Business Emergency Planning Institute said that the university’s handling of the situation was extremely thorough. The end result was very few reported cases and more than 6,000 doses of H1N1 and regular flu vaccines administered to members of the campus community.
“Case Western Reserve recognized almost five years ago that it needed to prepare for a pandemic flu,” said Ann M. Gynn, executive director of the BEP Institute.
Jason Goodrick, Case Western Reserve’s associate director for emergency management, nominated the university. Members of the university’s flu and emerging infections committee were presented with a plaque and certificates from the BEP Institute last week.
“When the time came we all pulled together. This was such a group effort,” said Lynn Singer, committee co-chair and deputy provost and vice president for academic affairs.
“This was an exercise in preparedness. We were fortunate that at Case Western Reserve, H1N1 influenza was not life threatening. We were pleased to have participated in this comprehensive team planning which will have other potential benefits in the future,” said Eleanor Davidson, also a committee co-chair and director of University Health Service.
Gynn said the university’s efforts would be used as a case study for other places of business. “You are better prepared than so many organizations in northeast Ohio,” she explained.
In addition to Case Western Reserve, the following organizations were recognized for emergency preparedness related to several issues: Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company; Invacare Corporation; Nesco Resources; and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.
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