St. Luke’s Wood River Family Medicine Clinic received awards in three categories for meeting or exceeding the Healthy People 2020 Immunization Goals, a set of goals rooted in evidence-based clinical and community activities and services for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

      At the Shot Smarts Immunization Summit, sponsored by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the family medicine clinic received three awards for high percentages of immunization rates for hepatitis A vaccine, Dtap (Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertussis) vaccine, and the 4:3:1:3:3:1:4 series of vaccines for children, which includes the polio and measles vaccines.

     Anne Marie Gardner, lead registered nurse at the clinic, attributed the success to a number of efforts, including “our pre-visit planning and focus on the Health Maintenance bar, our medical assistant in training program—nurses precept and teach on immunization to our medical assistants in training and this improves their own practice. Lastly, the general excellence and best practices that our nursing staff really strive for!”

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