Cigna Medical Group (CMG) has been honored by The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) with the organization's annual "Dr. Daniel T. Cloud Outstanding Practice Award." Cigna Medical Group was recognized for its leadership and excellence in immunizing Arizona children - reaching 90 percent coverage levels.
The award is given to practices and clinics reaching 90 percent immunization coverage for children and is annually presented in conjunction with Infant Immunization Week, April 21-28. This is the eighth consecutive year Phoenix-area based Cigna Medical Group has received this award.
There are two categories - toddler and teen:
- The Chandler, Deer Valley, South Mountain, Stapley, and Westridge health care centers were recognized in the teen category.
- Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Tempe health care centers were recognized in the toddler category.
- The South Mountain facility was honored with a "Hot Shot Award" recognizing a practice that has gone "above and beyond the call of duty" to give tremendous amounts of time and effort to increase immunizations.
"We have seen the commitment of Cigna Medical Group to immunize their child, teen and adult patients as a critical first step in preventive health care. Their high standards help ensure a healthy Arizona," said Debbie McCune Davis, Program Director of TAPI. "The Cigna Medical Group team invests the time, resources and initiatives to educate their customers on the importance of immunizations at all stages of life and we honor their efforts and accomplishments with this prestigious award."
Andrea Houfek, M.D., medical director of urgent care and pediatrics for Cigna Medical Group, said, "The best way to guarantee a long and healthy life is to ensure children receive the appropriate preventive care right from the start. Immunizations are vital to pediatric and long-term health and one of the best ways to protect individuals, families and communities against disease. We are honored to receive this award and strongly support TAPI in their efforts to spread awareness and growth of immunization programs."
About The Arizona Partnership for Immunization
TAPI is a non-profit statewide coalition of over 400 members. TAPI was formed in response to the alarming fact that in 1993, only 43% of Arizona's two-year-olds were fully immunized against preventable childhood diseases like measles, mumps, polio and whooping cough. Through the efforts of TAPI's partners from both the public and private sectors, immunization coverage rates in Arizona have improved dramatically, with nearly three in four children fully immunized by age two. Unfortunately, the problem never ends. Each year in Arizona almost 90,000 babies are born, and none arrive immunized.
For more information, visit www.whyimmunize.org.