Medical center plays important role in fight against pandemic, reaches milestone with the help of over 100 staff members and volunteers
Rockledge, Florida (April 15, 2021) – Rockledge Regional Medical Center began administering the Moderna vaccine against COVID-19 in December, part of the medical community’s battle against the pandemic. Yesterday, the hospital has reached an important milestone: 5,000 vaccinations administered.
The vaccination effort is the work of over 100 people that have volunteered with this effort over and above their full-time jobs, including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, technicians, administrative assistants and volunteers. Members of the Cocoa and Rockledge fire departments and staff at St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care have offered their help in the inoculation process.
Rockledge Regional has been administering the Moderna shot and Brevard resident, Geethika Singh, a manager at a local convenience store, received the 5000th first dose. As an essential worker since the start of the pandemic, she was so thankful to receive the vaccine.
“We’re pleased to hit that mark and we’ll keep this vaccination effort going for the people of Brevard County until the pandemic abates,” said Andy Romine, president of Rockledge Regional. “We’re fortunate to have so many dedicated people engaged in this project and I want to thank each one of them. They’re doing important work.”
Among those that the Rockledge Regional Vaccine Clinic has vaccinated are area first responders, employees from Brevard Public Schools, private schools, Victory Casino Cruises, residents of Indian River Colony Club and members of other numerous other retirement communities.
To mark the 5,000th vaccination, members of the team gathered to form a “5,000” figure visible from a drone overhead. “It’s a fun way of marking this milestone while also recognizing all the people who made it possible,” Romine said.
About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care is the largest private, for-profit health care network in the United States. The company is owned and led by a management team of Steward physicians.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward employs more than 40,000 health care professionals and operates 35 hospitals across the United States and in the country of Malta which regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, more than 7,000 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services.
The Steward Health Care Network includes more than 5,000 physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters annually. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah. For more information, visit www.steward.org.