Western Maine Pediatrics, a department of Stephens Memorial Hospital, has been recognized for achieving a “Gold” rating for childhood immunizations for FY17 according to the standards outlined in the MaineHealth Childhood Immunizations Program’s Clinical Improvement Plan. The practices that earned this distinction demonstrated their commitment to keeping Maine’s children healthy by immunizing them on time according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s recommended immunization schedule.
Practice ratings are based on the average number of CDC benchmarks met per month for each of the 2- and 13-year old vaccines. Specifically, the metrics include: 1) the percentage of children up-to-date on 10 vaccines by age 2 years; 2) the percentage of adolescents up-to-date on meningococcal and Tdap/Td vaccines by age 13 years; and 3) the percentage of adolescents by gender up-to-date on HPV vaccine by 13 years.
Karen Gurney, Practice Manager of Western Maine Pediatrics, states, “It is really an honor for Western Maine Pediatrics to be recognized for their success in educating families about the benefits of immunizations. This is a commendation to the hard work of all the staff to put the plan of education into action.”