Trinity Health is requiring COVID-19 vaccine for staff at all health care facilities

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Mercy Health and IHA included

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor at 5301 McAuley Dr. in Ypsilanti.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor at 5301 McAuley Dr. in Ypsilanti. (photo by Benjamin Weatherston)

Trinity Health announced Thursday it will require all colleagues, clinical staff, contractors, and those conducting business in its health care facilities be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The requirement is effective immediately, Trinity announced. This includes roughly 24,000 Trinity Health Michigan colleagues working across five Saint Joseph Mercy Health System hospitals, three Mercy Health hospitals, and two employed medical groups -- IHA and Mercy Health Physician Partners. The health system estimates nearly 75% of Trinity Health employees have already received at least one dose of the vaccine, and it now looks to close the gap with this new requirement.



“As a faith-based health care system we have pledged to protect the most vulnerable, those that have a high risk of developing severe health complications if they were to contract this deadly virus,” said Rob Casalou, president and CEO of Trinity Health Michigan and Southeast Regions. “We are grateful to all colleagues working inside our hospitals, and specifically those navigating the frontlines. We understand that not everyone will agree with this decision, but after listening to their feedback, and after careful consideration, we know this to be the right decision.”

Trinity Health Michigan is composed of eight hospitals, including the five hospitals of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System located in Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Howell, Livonia and Pontiac, and the three-hospital Mercy Health, operating in Grand Rapids and Muskegon. The health system has 2,348 beds and 3,400 physicians.


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