Cathie Harrington, FNP-C Nominated for 2018 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award

February 15, 2018

Cathie Harrington, FNP-C has been nominated to receive the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2018 Childhood Immunization Champion for her outstanding efforts to promote childhood immunization in southwest Virginia.

Harrington has worked as a pediatric board-certified nurse practitioner as well as a family nurse practitioner for over 17 years. She is a leader in promoting childhood immunizations in southwest Virginia and looks for innovative ways to reach families in rural areas to bring about awareness and education.

“We are extremely proud to recognize Cathie as a nominee for this award,” said Joe Wilkins, chief executive officer at Wythe County Community Hospital. “Her dedication to promoting immunization in our community is vitally important to helping us protect the health of our children in the communities we serve.”

Stacy Boyer is the Virginia State Auditor for Vaccines for Children (VGC) program in our region and is responsible for Harrington’s nomination.  “I have had the privilege to work with Cathie for over 14 years that I have been the VFC consultant in her area,” said Boyer. “She is often referred to by her peers as a “go-getter” and “proactive” where vaccines are concerned.”

“We are very proud of Cathie and our team at Wythe Physician Practices Family Care & Women’s Health – Ft. Chiswell,” said Stewart Merdian, director of physician services.  “She is an advocate and displays leadership in promoting immunization programs for our community.”

Award Criteria was based on leadership, collaboration, innovation and advocacy. Awards will be announced April 21-28, 2018 in conjunction with the National Infant Immunization Week.