More Hillside employees, youth and families are getting their COVID-19 vaccinations every week, supported by an ongoing commitment from Hillside staff like Amy Patterson, a Senior Nurse Manager from West Seneca, NY.
Patterson has organized and held multiple vaccine clinics in Rochester and Buffalo—and she’s had plenty of help from other staff and leaders as well as partnerships with community organizations including Upstate Pharmacy, UR Medicine, D’Youville College and Fantastic Friends of Western New York. But if there’s been a Hillside vaccine event, it’s likely that Amy has been on the scene (behind a mask, of course).
So far, her efforts have helped ensure the vaccinations of more than 500 employees, youth and families and Hillside foster families. And that’s all on top of her regular duties supporting the health and well-being of individuals in Hillside group homes and day treatment programs in the greater Buffalo and Rochester areas.
“It’s a balance, but I like to be busy,” she says. “These vaccinations are so important – it’s great to be able to help.”
Patterson has even turned this work into a family affair: her husband Jim, also a nurse, and her daughter Jamie have pitched in at different vaccination events.
Thank you, Amy, for all you do!