WRMC Recognized by Deparment of Health Services

April 25, 2018

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is pleased to announce that Watertown Regional Medical Center Johnson Creek & Lake Mills Clinics have been named a “BigShot” for their efforts to vaccinate children against diseases. The recognition is given to those health care providers who vaccinate 90% or more of their young patients, based on immunization data collected (DHS).

“We are pleased to recognize these clinics for their diligence in helping to keep our children healthy,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown “Childhood vaccinations are critical to protect our children and everyone around them from diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, and pertussis among others,” says Lake Mills Clinic Nurse Practitioner Katie Lothe.

“This recognition from the Department of Health Services is extremely gratifying,” said Marcie Peirick, VP of Provider Services. At Watertown Regional Medical Center, we believe good health starts early with vaccines to protect children from a host of diseases. It’s a responsibility all of us at take very seriously.”

The Wisconsin Immunization Program webpage shows parents which vaccinations their child needs and at what age, and which shots their children have already had.

BigShots is an annual award given to health care providers who show excellence in protecting children against vaccine-preventable diseases through strong immunization practices and high immunization rates.

The public announcement of the 2018 BigShots Awardees coincides with National Infant Immunization week (NIIW), April 21-28, 2018. NIIW is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States.