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Cheyenne Regional Medical Center must meet OSHA and CMS guidelines

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center must meet OSH and CMS guideline. Tim Thornell, President &...
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center must meet OSH and CMS guideline. Tim Thornell, President & CEO, CRMC.(Valeria Fugate)
Published: Nov. 12, 2021 at 11:06 AM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Cheyenne Regional Medical Center _CRMC) announced on Thursday, new vaccine requirement for all employees.

Last Friday, OSHA and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new vaccine rules.

These vaccine mandates are for all hospitals, health care workers, and businesses with over 100 employees.

“Similar rules that they are putting forth, about having a vaccine requirement are for a lot of employers. So that will impact hospitals , specifically impacted by CMS rules. So our employees who work here, will need to have their first vaccine by December 6th , and be fully vaccinated by January 4th,” said Tim Thornell, President and CEO of Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

Several people who say they work for the hospital have reached out with concerns about the mandate.

One says he’ll have to find a new job.

“Some of these nurses have decades of experience, and they’re not going to do it . They’ll find other options, whatever we have to do,” said Bob Schaffer, concerned employee.

Eighty-one percent of CRMC’s staff are fully vaccinated. CMS does outline religious or medical exemptions, which mirror federal guidelines.

Officials say there are plans in place in case of worker shortages.

“We’ll probably work towards calling more people in and rely a little more on agency staff. But again throughout the country, hospitals have already enacted a requirement for the vaccine. Most hospitals are finding really its very few employees that end up not complying and going forward,” said Thornell.

CRMC said they might hire more agency staff if the local staff does not meet the new guidelines.

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