receives state award
Shari Kuther, RN, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics, recently received an Immunization Champion award from the State of Idaho Immunization Program. She was nominated by Pam Magnum, a nurse with the statewide program. The Kamiah Medical Clinic also received a ‘Big Shot’ Award for their 100% immunization rate.
Kathy Ward, RN; Julie Church, RN and Kuther attended the state immunization conference to receive updates about childhood and adult vaccines and to receive their awards.
“Shari is a very dedicated nurse and is well known in the community,” said the nomination letter for Kuther. “Shari’s mission is to ensure that all children in the community are offered immunizations. There is an open door policy that immunizations are offered all day, any day, no appointment required. During the Spring, there is a special ‘free immunization’ night clinic…this is true dedication to making sure that the children are…up-to-date with immunizations…”
Kuther received a crystal statuette award. The SMH Cottonwood clinic has received a number of past Big Shot awards for maintaining an immunization rate of over 96%. The criteria for the award tracks immunization rates for all children under the age of three who are up to date with their immunizations.
“I am honored not only to be nominated, but to be selected by a group of my peers from across the state,” said Kuther. “Working with a staff that strongly supports childhood immunizations helped me win this award and the other awards our hospital and clinics have received. The parents in our community who realize the importance of immunizations also make a huge difference. It’s truly a team effort.”