Orvis Nursing Clinic receives Silver Syringe Award

10/9/2007 7:00:00 AM

The Orvis Nursing Clinic was awarded two Silver Syringes and was recognized for "Outstanding Performance and Lasting Contribution on Working Towards Increasing Immunization Rates in Our Community through the involvement of Orvis faculty and students", September 27, at the Lake Tahoe Hyatt Regency.

The Clinic was awarded most innovative program for their "Vote and Vaccinate" campaign which encouraged citizens to get vaccinated after voting. This was a comprehensive campaign that took place in October and November, 2006.

The Clinic also won a Silver Syringe for the "Greatest Improvement in the Immunization of two-year-olds."

This yearly event celebrates and recognizes immunization efforts in northern Nevada. Awards are presented to providers with the highest immunization rates, local and regional immunization projects and efforts, and those making a difference for our community.

Established in 1999, the Orvis Nursing Clinic is the only academically-based nursing clinic of its kind in Nevada and one of only 120 clinics affiliated with a nursing school in the country.

As part of the Orvis School of Nursing within the College of Health and Human Sciences, the clinic is staffed with nurse practitioners who provide primary health care for working people within the community who are uninsured or underinsured. It has established itself as a key immunization site within the community and is the sole provider of immunizations on Saturday in Washoe County. It also serves as an academic learning site for nursing students and those in other health-related fields.

The clinic has received the local Silver Syringe Award three years in a row for its expertise in immunizations:

2004 - Outstanding New Immunization Program
2005 - Outstanding Children's Immunization Program
2006 - Community Partnership

Primary health care services are available to people of all ages and include the management of acute or chronic illnesses, annual physicals, women's health examinations, well-child checkups and immunizations.

The clinic works in collaboration with the Washoe District Health Department and Washoe County School System to immunize the area's students. Travel immunizations and medications are also available.

Services are provided on a sliding fee scale based upon income. The clinic also receives donations and grants to fund its day-to-day operations.


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