Franklin Health Pediatrics earns immunization recognition

Franklin Health Pediatrics, of Farmington, has been recognized for achieving a “Gold” rating for childhood immunizations for the 2017 fiscal year according to the standards outlined in the MaineHealth Childhood Immunizations Program’s Clinical Improvement Plan.

In acknowledgment of this success, Franklin Health Pediatrics has received a plaque in recognition of its achievement, according to the MaineHealth Child Health program.

Improving childhood immunization rates is one of 10 health priorities for the MaineHealth system, of which Franklin Memorial Hospital, in Farmington, is a member. Medical practices that earn this distinction demonstrate their commitment to keeping Maine’s children healthy by immunizing them on time according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended immunization schedule.

Practice ratings are based on the average number of CDC benchmarks met per month for each of the vaccines for 2-year-olds and 13-year-olds. Specifically, the metrics include the percentage of children up-to-date on 10 vaccines by age 2, the percentage of adolescents up-to-date on meningococcal and Tdap/Td vaccines by age 13, and the percentage of adolescents by gender up-to-date on HPV vaccine by age 13.

Franklin Health Pediatrics is in the Franklin Health Medical Arts Center on the FMH campus.

Wells Fargo & Co. gave $373,400 to Maine nonprofits in 2017

Wells Fargo & Co. announced recently that in 2017 the company donated $373,400 to 33 nonprofits in Maine, including $30,000 to the Hallowell-based Travis Mills Foundation for a newly opened veteran retreat providing military members and their families with a fun, meaningful wellbeing experience.

Separately, Wells Fargo employees in Maine volunteered 2,529 hours with nonprofits, schools and community organizations such as the American Heart Association, of Scarborough, and the Maine Cancer Foundation.

Among others that received grants were:

• City of Portland: $10,000 for a Resilient City planning project to combat rising sea levels.

• Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Brunswick: $250,000 for rural and diverse small-business owner capacity building and growth through Wells Fargo’s Diverse Community Capital Program.

• Day One, Portland: $9,000 for mental health and wellbeing services for homeless youths served by Day One and Preble Street.

• Special Surfers, Scarborough: $5,000 to provide the opportunity for special-needs children and young adults to surf and have an empowering outdoors experience.

• Waldo Community Action Partners, Belfast: $10,000 to provide homeownership counseling and foreclosure prevention services to low and moderate-income individuals and families.

Compiled from contributed releases

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