Turley Family Health Center Receives National Excellence in Immunization Award|
CLEARWATER, Fla. (September 20, 2004)- The Turley Family Health Center recently received the 2004 Excellence in Immunization Award from the National Partnership for Immunization (NPI) for its efforts to promote and provide immunizations to medically under-served children.
"Turley Family Health Center was recognized along with other state and local health programs for developing a program, to increase immunization rates among infants. Our goal is to have at least 90% of the children we serve fully immunized by the age of two," said Bruce Flareau, M.D., director of Morton Plant Mease's Family Practice Residency Program at Turley Family Health Center.
Turley's immunization program targets mothers located in Clearwater's under-served neighborhoods. In order to implement the project, the center focused on three key elements: recruitment, education and access. "We reached out to expectant mothers and encouraged a rapport between the mothers and physicians prior to delivery," said Dr. Flareau.
"We feel strongly that the program provides a valuable service to the community, including improved patient health through continuity of care, decreased incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases and increased opportunities for patient education on health care issues," added Dr. Flareau.
The National Partnership for Immunization (NPI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the nationwide incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases through increased use of licensed vaccines.
Turley Family Health Center is a state-of-the-art facility that provides comprehensive health care with an emphasis on prevention to infants, children and adults who might otherwise not receive health care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care also offers a family practice residency program at Turley Family Health Center in conjunction with the University of South Florida. Established in 1994, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to improving the health of all it serves through community-owned health services that set the standard for high quality, compassionate care.
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