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Rate Awards & Immunization Champions

The Idaho Immunization Program has standardized its rate achievement award criteria; this is separate from the rate improvement award criteria.  Beginning in 2014, rate awards are awarded to providers who meet or exceed the Healthy People 2020 immunization goals for the 4th dose of DTaP (90%), the 2nd dose of Hep A (85%), and the 4:3:1:3:3:1 series (80%), where Hib is either 2 or 3 doses depending on brand.

The Immunization Champion Award is an annual award given by the Idaho Immunization Program to recognize individuals or teams that go above and beyond to promote childhood immunizations in their communities.  Award recipients in 2014 were announced during Shot Smarts, April 28-May 2, 2014.  The Immunization Champions are an inspiration to everyone who cares about children's health. The Idaho Immunization Panel is pleased to recognize the recipients of the award for the special contributions they have made through their work in childhood immunization.

2014 Rate Awards

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Providers who received 1,000+ doses of vaccine during 2013 (Rate)

  • HEALTH WEST FAMILY MEDICINE (94%)
  • DR. M. COLE JOHNSON OFFICE (88%)
  • HEALTH WEST – ABERDEEN (87%)
  • EAGLE PEDIATRICS (84%)
  • MATT JOYCE, MD (84%)
  • FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES – BUHL (82%)
  • ADA PEDIATRICS (81%)
  • PRIMARY CARE SPECIALISTS (80%)

Providers who received 450 - 999 doses of vaccine during 2013 (Rate)

  • HAYDEN LAKE FAMILY PHYSICIANS (82%)
  • WEISER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER (81%)
  • SAINT ALPHONSUS CARE CLINIC (80%)

Providers who received 20 - 449 doses of vaccine during 2013 (Rate)    

  • ACTIVE FAMILY HEALTHCARE (100%)
  • KOOTENAI TRIBAL HEALTH CLINIC - BONNERS FERRY (100%)
  • TROY CLINIC (100%)
  • NORTHVIEW MEDICAL CLINIC (100%)
  • CROSSPOINTE FAMILY SERVICES (100%)
  • SOUTH CENTRAL PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT - LINCOLN COUNTY (100%)
  • HEALTH WEST - POCATELLO (100%)
  • INTEGRATED HEALTHCARE AND COUNSELING (100%)
  • EASTERN IDAHO PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT - CLARK COUNTY (100%)
  • SOUTH CENTER PUBLIC HEALTH - BLAINE COUNTY (88%)
  • SOUTHEAST IDAHO PUBLIC HEALTH - ONEIDA COUNTY (85%)
  • SOUTH CENTER PUBLIC HEALTH - CASSIA COUNTY (84%)
  • SOUTHEAST IDAHO PUBLIC HEALTH - BEAR LAKE COUNTY (83%)
  • SOUTH CENTER PUBLIC HEALTH - MINIDOKA COUNTY (82%)
  • NORTH IDAHO FAMILY MEDICINE (80%)
  • PRAXIS MEDICAL GROUP (80%)
  • DOCTORS CLINIC OF ELMORE COUNTY (80%)
  • EAGLE FAMILY HEALTH (80%)
  • INITIAL POINT FAMILY MEDICINE (80%)

Providers who received 1,000+ doses of vaccine during 2013 (Rate)

  • DR. M. COLE JOHNSON OFFICE (92%)

Providers who received 450 - 999 doses of vaccine during 2013 (Rate)    

  • HAYDEN LAKE FAMILY PHYSICIANS (91%)
  • WEISER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER (90%)
  • SAINT ALPHONSUS CARE CLINIC (90%)

Providers who received 20 - 449 doses of vaccine during 2013 (Rate)      

  • ACTIVE FAMILY HEALTHCARE (100%)
  • KOOTENAI TRIBAL HEALTH CLINIC - BONNERS FERRY (100%)
  • TROY CLINIC (100%)
  • NORTHVIEW MEDICAL CLINIC (100%)
  • CROSSPOINTE FAMILY SERVICES (100%)
  • SOUTH CENTRAL PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT - LINCOLN COUNTY (100%)
  • HEALTH WEST - POCATELLO (100%)
  • INTEGRATED HEALTHCARE AND COUNSELING (100%)
  • EASTERN IDAHO PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT - CLARK COUNTY (100%)
  • SOUTH CENTER PUBLIC HEALTH - BLAINE COUNTY (92%)

Providers who received 1,000+ doses of vaccine during 2013 (Rate)

  • None                               

Providers who received 450 - 999 doses of vaccine during 2013 (Rate)    

  • None                               

Providers who received 20 - 449 doses of vaccine during 2013 (Rate)      

  • SOUTH CENTRAL PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT - LINCOLN COUNTY (100%)

2014 Immunization Champions

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Employer: St. Luke’s Treasure Valley Pediatrics

Champion Description:  Dr. Lisa Barker is an exceptional pediatrician at St. Luke's Treasure Valley Pediatrics.  She cares greatly about immunization and sits on the Policy Commission for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and on the Executive Board of the Idaho Immunization Coalition.  Dr. Barker worked with the Idaho Immunization Program on her days off to develop and record a series of video clips that address Idaho parents' questions and concerns about vaccinations.  The video clips, called “Dear Doc” videos, will be hosted on the Idaho Immunization Program's website and their Facebook page to spread knowledge and awareness about immunizations.  Dr. Barker’s dedicated to ensuring that Idaho’s children are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases makes her an immunization champion.

Employer: Saint Alphonsus (School Health Program)

Champion Description: MaryLou Cunningham is the school nurse at Bishop Kelly High School and the supervisor of the Saint Alphonsus School Health Program.  MaryLou is a great advocate for immunizations and is dedicated to ensuring that all graduating seniors are appropriately up-to-date on immunizations for college prior to graduating high school.  MaryLou also works to ensure all students and staff members in Boise’s Catholic schools are given the opportunity to receive the flu vaccine each year.  MaryLou has successfully integrated providing vaccines in the schools which has tremendously impacted many students by making vaccines accessible.  MaryLou is very responsive when asked for help and is an excellent educator and resource for students, families, and staff.  She is a true advocate for immunizations.

Employer: Canyon County Immunization Coalition

Champion Description:  Buck is a Kiwanis member and now serves on the Canyon Area Immunization Coalition.  Buck is very active in the immunization coalition and promotes awareness of immunizations in the community.  Buck coordinates the scheduling and transportation of an iron lung to various events including various health fairs in order to educate the community on immunizations.  Several times each year, Buck contacts local rental stores to obtain a refrigerator and freezer for the Canyon County Immunization Coalition to use during immunization clinics for appropriate vaccine storage.  Buck also donates his time to educate students in the Caldwell and Nampa school districts on polio and the reality and effects of vaccine-preventable diseases by taking the Iron Lung to schools for students to see firsthand.  Buck is an incredible asset to the Canyon County Immunization Coalition and has tirelessly volunteered his time to help the community understand the value of immunizations.

Employer: Panhandle Health District

Champion Description:  Charity Gilmore is a Customer Service Representative and the lead immunization secretary at Panhandle Health District.  She is a dedicated public health worker who provides quality services in healthcare.  She has great attention to detail, integrity, and excellence in maintaining records. Charity is an inspiration and goes above and beyond in encouraging clients to receive follow-up immunizations.  Additionally, Charity is proficient with the immunization schedule and reviews records to schedule upcoming needed immunizations.  As a result of Charity's meticulous record keeping and attention to detail, she's prevented many kids from falling behind in immunizations.  Charity also has created an impressive system that maximizes office vaccine supplies so client needs are met and vaccine supplies are not wasted.  Charity is truly a valuable asset to the Panhandle Health District.

Employer: Kaniksu Health Services

Champion Description:  Val Hammons is an experienced pediatric LPN at Kaniksu Health Services  who isn't afraid to work hard and take on difficult and daunting projects.  Val has completely turned the immunization program around at Kaniksu Health Services, a traditional clinic with an emphasis on family practice.  Val helped develop a pediatric program within Kaniksu and reorganized the immunization program by developing better internal tracking and ordering systems for immunizations.  Val is knowledgeable and helps educate support staff and nursing staff about immunizations.  As a result, she serves as the go-to person for immunization-related questions at Kaniksu Health Services.  Val is always available to help in administering immunizations.  She is a valuable immunization champion and a tremendous asset to the Kaniksu team. 

Employer: Lewis and Clark Health Center

Champion Description: Anna Heier is a dedicated employee for the Lewis and Clark Health Center.  Anna keeps complete and up to date vaccine policies and procedures for her clinic.  She also strives to keep all patients up to date and educated on immunizations.  Perhaps most notably, Anna conducts community outreach activities for immunizations.  Anna partners with staff to stay educated on the most up to date vaccine requirements and best practices.  She is a real immunization champion.

Employer: Saltzer Medical Group

Champion Description: Marie Hergert at Saltzer Medical Group strives to keep her clinic, as well as remote clinics, in compliance with vaccine program requirements.  Marie works to keep vaccines safe and ensures she is up to date with the latest requirements and recommendations, adjusting vaccine storage accordingly.  She also keeps her staff updated on immunization information.  Marie is an inspiration to her colleagues when it comes to vaccines and vaccine safety.

Employer: Eastern Idaho Public Health District

Champion Description:  Mary Hernandez is an excellent employee at Eastern Idaho Public Health District.  Mary works diligently in the immunization clinic by supporting nursing staff and ensuring immunization records in the new electronic health system are ready for staff to review.  She utilizes IRIS and makes copies of original immunization records to ensure that the system has a complete record.  Mary is diligent, precise, and an exemplary employee.  She is outstanding to work with and always does more than what is expected of her, in pursuit of maintaining a well-vaccinated patient population.  Mary never leaves her work unfinished or incomplete and consistently goes above and beyond in her job duties.  For her dedicated service, she is an immunization champion.

Champion Description:  The Idaho Immunization Coalition co-sponsored the Statewide Meningitis Campaign.  The Statewide Meningitis Campaign started with just a few universities and colleges, but quickly spread inspiring other universities and colleges to hold immunization clinics for their students.   The success of the campaign is motivating other to find ways to continue to promote and provide immunization on universities and colleges campuses.  Almost 3,000 students and faculty have been vaccinated against meningococcal disease.

Employer: Primary Health

Champion Description:  Karen has been the Immunization Coordinator and is responsible for all electronic data exchange for the Primary Health Medical Group, this in addition her duties as a clinical manager for a large pediatric office. Karen very meticulous in following-up with data exchange issues and data quality, which leads to strong vaccine inventory management and accurate patient information in IRIS.  Karen works diligently to be sure the vaccine is stored and managed appropriately.  She has also been known to sleep next to the vaccine storage unit during power outages.  She often spends “extra” time managing the data exchange process in addition to her normal work hours. 

Employer: St. Luke’s Travel Medicine

Champion Description:  Patty Parsons is a Registered Nurse at St. Luke’s who has served the Treasure Valley community for over 25 years.  Most of her career has been dedicated to immunizations and she is considered an expert in travel medicine.  Patty is only one of three individuals in Boise to have received the Certificate in Travel Health through the International Society of Travel Medicine.  Patty has had a tremendous impact on promoting the health and safety of individuals traveling internationally from the Treasure Valley.  She is knowledgeable regarding immunization practices and serves as a mentor to other nurses, medical assistants, physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in various positions.  She is well-respected for her work and was instrumental in creating the St. Luke's Travel Medicine and Immunization Clinic.  This clinic has now been in existence for 5 years.  Patty's expertise continues to benefit the community and she has a comforting presence paired with an incredibly patient and lively personality.  Patty exemplifies the belief that having passion for what you do really does inspire others and makes it positive to go to work each day.

Employer: Hayden Lake Family Physicians

Champion Description: Annette Reece is a valuable employee for Hayden Lake Family Physicians.  Annette works hard to ensure her office is up to date and in compliance with the guidelines for the Idaho Immunization Program.  She has successfully implemented changes at her office to improve practices that were formerly out of compliance with her clinic’s immunization requirements.  Now, Hayden Lake Family Physicians screens all children for immunizations at every visit, a nationally-recognized best practice so there are no missed opportunities for children to receive vaccinations.  Annette has been a true leader in her clinic for immunizations.

Employer: Eastern Idaho Public Health District

Champion Description:  Gary Rillema is the Director of the Family & Community Health Services Division in the Eastern Idaho Public Health District.  Gary’s personal emphasis on vaccinations enables his staff to make immunization a priority and makes the Eastern Idaho Public Health District a major vaccination destination in Eastern Idaho.  Under his dedicated leadership, the Eastern Idaho Public Health District goes above and beyond in several immunization-related activities.  For example, the public health district allocates funding to provide free vaccination clinics several times each year.  The health district also participates in many community events and utilizes creative strategies to raise awareness about immunizations such as creating a Booster the Immunization Mascot and using an iron lung as a visual aid.  Gary also works to raise immunization awareness in the community through hosting exhibit booths at community fairs and by coming up with innovative ways to promote immunization. These efforts have contributed to Eastern Idaho’s success in having some of the highest immunization rates in the state.

Employer: Specialized Family Medicine

Champion Description:  Teiah Truman is a dedicated, trustworthy employee at Specialized Family Medicine who always goes beyond her job duties to make sure children are up to date on their immunizations.  Teiah has worked tirelessly on the immunization program and spent countless hours ensuring her clinic’s records and procedures were in compliance with immunization guidelines for the Vaccines for Children Program.  As a result, her clinic scored 100% on their last immunization program compliance visit.  Teiah works extra hard to ensure patients are well cared for, her coworkers are successful in their jobs, and that the clinic runs smoothly.  Teiah is always looking ahead to ensure her clinic is well-prepared for change and ready to implement updates and new policies.  Teiah is an incredible asset and a dedicated immunization champion.

Employer: College of Idaho

Champion Description:  Barbie Vander Boegh is the Health Services Director at the College of Idaho.  She works tirelessly to ensure that all students at the college are protected against vaccine preventable diseases.  Before beginning work at the College of Idaho, Barbie worked as the school nurse in the Wilder School District.  She helped the Wilder School District go from having one of the lowest school immunization rates in the state to achieving one of the highest school immunization compliance rates in the state.  Only days after she began working at the College of Idaho, she worked with the Idaho Immunization Program to host meningitis clinics on the college campus.  She recently organized a college health fair and worked to have an iron lung on site as well as immunization partners to promote vaccines, such as HPV, to students.  Barbie has implemented a practice at College of Idaho that holds transcripts and class registration for all students that do not meet the college’s immunization requirements.  To say that she is passionate about immunization is an understatement.  Barbie is an immunization champion in every sense!