CEO Todd Krass, who also maintains his RN license, administers flu shot to VP operations Nicole Smith-Hendricks

It’s not everyday your boss gives you a literal shot in the arm.

But then, not all CEOs are registered nurses, either.

Todd Krass, Chief Executive Officer, Belton Regional Medical Center, maintains his RN license. Like all CEOs, Krass is passionate about the health and well-being of his employees. So it was natural during the hospital’s recent Annual Skills Fair that Krass encouraged employees to stop in for a flu shot.

Lee Ann Townsend, RN, Belton Regional Medical Center Nurse Educator, is in charge of the annual event and thought it essential to offer employees and volunteers free flu shots. Her colleague, Michele Acosta, RN, Belton Regional Medical Center Facility Employee Health Nurse, suggested recruiting the head of the hospital to help out in administering the seasonal vaccinations.

“Todd is so involved in the corporate culture here at Belton Regional Medical Center,” says Townsend. “When Michele asked if he would participate, he didn’t have to pause for a second to consider.”

Townsend, along with Acosta, and Krass helped more than 82 percent of employees receive the best possible protection against seasonal flu.

“We were non-stop busy for three days giving shots,” says Acosta. “Hopefully we have a healthy workforce this winter.”

Each year from November to April, millions of people come down with the flu. Krass notes that while the flu —which usually enters the body through the mouth or nose — can be dangerous, it can usually be prevented with a simple flu shot.

“We are pleased to provide this free flu clinic to keep our employees healthy,” says Krass. “Getting vaccinated is the single most effective way to protect against the flu. It is critical to protect yourself and your loved ones."

The flu virus can become airborne if an infected individual coughs or sneezes, which tends to spread the flu rapidly to people in close proximity. Flu symptoms can be mistaken for a cold, but the onset is typically more sudden and includes symptoms such as severe muscle aches, chills and fever, extreme fatigue, sore throat, headache and cough.

“It’s my hope that members of the community will, along with their families, get flu shots this fall,” says Krass.

For more information on receiving a flu shot, call Belton Regional Medical Center at (816) 348-1200 or visit