Two pediatric clinics in Tucson were recognized by The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) as centers of excellence for achieving 90 percent or higher in their immunization rates and excellence in immunization education.
The Banner – University Medical Group Arizona Elks Pediatrics clinic and Banner University Medical Group – Diamond Children’s Multi-Specialty Center were both recognized in the “Toddler” and “Teen” categories.
The awards were presented April 22 at TAPI’s 19th Annual Big Shots for Arizona Awards Dinner at the Phoenix Country Club.
“Providing the highest quality of care to our patients has always been top priority at our pediatric clinics,” said Kimberly Gerhart, MD, medical director of the Elks Pediatrics clinic. “This includes offering vaccines at every appropriate patient encounter. Our faculty, residents and nurses undergo training in the importance of preventing disease by immunizations and then educate our families.”
“This effort was only achievable through our team’s hard work and dedication to the education and delivery of immunizations to the children of Southern Arizona,” said Tracy Goggin, assistant administrator, Banner – University Medical Group Department of Pediatrics.
The teams include nurse managers Shaun Sabia, RN, and Linda Jones, RN, who lead the program; Bridgette Favors, LPN; Melissa Smiddy, LPN; Barbara McCrone, RN; Sharon Baack, LPN; and Chris Nunn, RN, who provided day-to-day oversight of the programs and coordination of the data with the State of Arizona.
“The dedication to our community’s health takes time, but is worth the effort to help prevent outbreaks, like we saw with measles at Disneyland last December,” said Dr. Gerhart. “I’m very proud that this year, both of our pediatric teaching clinics were recognized for their immunization rates in Toddlers and Teens.”
About Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center
Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center provides pediatric care for children, from newborns to teens. Services include Emergency care, heart disorders, traumatic brain injury, autism and developmental disorders, cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastrointestinal and nutritional disorders, neurological problems, orthopedics, intensive care needs and more. It is the only pediatric medical facility in Arizona connected to an academic research facility — the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center — where physician-scientists conduct groundbreaking basic science and translational research to advance children’s health. For more information, visit www.BannerChildrens.com/DiamondChildrens.