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New Hampshire Immunization Program Bestows Excellence Awards
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Publish Date:
June 3, 2016

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Immunization Program (NHIP) recently presented four Excellence in Immunization awards to recognize healthcare practices and individuals who went above and beyond to protect their patients. The awards were given for: "Excellence in Adult Immunization" and "Excellence in Childhood and Adolescent Immunization."

"For several years, New Hampshire's childhood immunization rates have been ranked among the top in the nation," said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Public Health Director, "and we owe most of that status to healthcare providers and community programs that are committed to making sure their patients receive the appropriate immunizations to achieve better overall health. This group of individuals and organizations developed quality improvement strategies to ensure high standards of efficiency, accountability, and access in managing immunizations across their practices."

The four awards were given to the following:

  • "Excellence in Adult Immunization" – Southern New Hampshire Health's Foundation Medical Partners, for improving their staff knowledge of the pneumococcal vaccine and the collaborative effort with practice teams, specialists, and nurses resulted in immunizing almost 10,000 at risk patients in less than 18 months.
  • "Excellence in Adult Immunization" – Karen Donoghue, RN, Adult Immunization Coordinator, New Hampshire Immunization Program, recognizing her years of leadership both in New Hampshire and nationally and for being a contributing member of the committee that created the Standards for Adult Immunization Practices, a tool for health care providers to help ensure their adult patients are fully immunized, which was adopted by the National Vaccine Advisory Committee in 2013.
  • "Excellence in Childhood and Adolescent Immunization" – Cindy Foley, RN, Spaulding Youth Center, for going the extra mile to put students at ease and helping them overcome years of anxiety around getting vaccinated, resulting in a 90% student influenza immunization rate and a 99% student vaccination rate of all required school immunizations.
  • "Excellence in Childhood and Adolescent Immunization" – Linda Culver, RN, Littleton Regional Hospital, for spending numerous hours educating children and parents about the importance of immunizing children for the past 28 years.

NHIP also presented the First Annual Tricia McGuire Memorial Award, which recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution towards improved vaccination rates and vaccine management in their organization. Tricia McGuire worked in the medical field for 14 years, primarily in pediatrics, and joined Indian Stream Health Center as a Medical Assistant in 2007. In July of 2014, Tricia was diagnosed with cancer. Throughout her illness and treatment, she never lost the charisma and joy that she exuberated on a daily basis. Her pleasant, positive energy always came through in her care of Indian Stream Health Center's patients and interactions with her colleagues. In her memory, NHIP presented the First Annual Tricia McGuire Memorial Award to Teresa Frazier, a Medical Assistant from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord, Pediatrics and Primary Care Department, who has been the Vaccine Coordinator in the Pediatric and Primary Care Departments of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord for almost 20 years. Ms. Frazier's dedication and commitment to patients and her exceptional vaccine management has contributed to the high standard of vaccine delivery and management in the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord health care organization.

Learn more about the DHHS Immunization Program.

 
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