Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Vance-Stafford General Pediatric Center, located at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, received the “Hot Shot Award” this month from the Tennessee Department of Health Immunization in recognition for 100% compliance in state vaccination program.

“We are very honored to receive this award,” said Children’s Hospital pediatrician, Karla Garcia, MD, FAAP. “Everyone in our entire staff is committed to our vaccine program, and their efforts have been noted.”

The award recognizes the diligent effort by the hospital physicians and clinical staff to ensure the center meets stringent compliance in storage and handling of vaccinations, patient screening for eligibility, documentation and vaccination accountability.

“The center has proven itself to be an immunization leader for the state of Tennessee,” wrote Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH, Medical Director of the Tennessee Immunization Program. “Its commitment to the health and well-being of our state’s children is evident by the staff’s outstanding compliance with the Vaccine for Children Program protocols.”