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ETMC First Physicians clinic in Fairfield shines in recent TVFC site survey

FAIRFIELD, Texas - The ETMC First Physicians clinic in Fairfield scored far above the state's goal for childhood immunization, easily beating the 80 percent rate set by the state for this year, said Sandra Simpson, clinic manager.

The clinic, which participates in the Texas Vaccines for Children program, was evaluated during the program's annual site visit on Feb. 14.

"The site visit involves having a TVFC field reviewer perform a thorough assessment of our processes. This includes meeting with clinic staff, reviewing our immunization practices, reviewing a sample of patient records, and providing materials and recommendations to improve our practices," Mrs. Simpson said. "Based on these findings, the reviewer estimates the immunization coverage of children who are patients of our clinic. The state's goal is 80 percent coverage for most vaccines; our clinic showed an immunization level of well over 90 percent."

The TFVC program provides the following groups of children with immunizations at no cost: uninsured or underinsured children, children covered by CHIP, children who are of Native American or Native Alaskan heritage and children on Medicaid. Because the ETMC First Physicians clinic participates in the program, children are able to stay in their "medical home" for vaccines, instead of needing to go to a separate clinic.

"It is very important that children receive all of their childhood immunizations to protect them against many deadly but preventable infectious diseases," explained ETMC Fairfield Administrator Ruth A. "Raz" Cook, FACHE. "Keeping the children of our area in the best of health is important to us, and we are proud to provide such a high rate of immunization for them."

ETMC Fairfield is part of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System. Other ETMC hospitals include those in Athens, Carthage, Clarksville, Crockett, Gilmer, Henderson, Jacksonville, Mount Vernon, Pittsburg, Quitman, Trinity and Tyler.

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