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Banner Churchill to be recognized at annual health awards program

Special to the LVN
Banner Churchill Community Hospital is one of this year's recipients of the Silver Syringe Awards.

Immunize Nevada is holding two annual Silver Syringe Award ceremonies to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond to protect Nevadans from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The 17th Annual Silver Syringe Awards is being held in conjunction with National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) and will have event locations in Las Vegas and Reno.

Banner Churchill Community Hospital is one of the 2017 winners.

Reno winners will be honored Friday at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa while Las Vegas winners will celebrate April 24. Tickets for both events can be purchased online at

“The Silver Syringe is a prestigious award that celebrates immunization champions in Nevada,” said Immunize Nevada Executive Director Heidi Parker. “Both events will give us the opportunity to recognize passionate individuals and organizations that are committed to making Nevada a healthier state.”


Outstanding Childhood Immunization Program: Carson City Health And Human Services

Outstanding Influenza Immunization Program: Banner Churchill Community Hospital

Outstanding Adolescent Immunization Program: Reno Center For Child and Adolescent Health

Outstanding Adult Immunization Program: Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services

Outstanding Rural Immunization Program: Tonopah Community Health

Outstanding Pharmacy Immunization Program: Bev Zakariassen, RPH

Outstanding Immunization Nurse: Beth W. Ennis, MS, APRN-BC, FNP, CHN III

Outstanding Community Partner: Kids To Seniors Korner

Outstanding Corporate Partner: Clark & Associates

Outstanding Immunization Champion: Shannon Dressel, RN

Outstanding Physician Champion: David Zucker, MD

Innovation In Immunization: Sara Dinga, MPA and Lynnie Shore, RN, BSN

Outstanding Media Partner: Connie Wray-Gaudard

Silver Syringe began in 1998 as a way to celebrate Nevada’s immunization successes and champions. Today, the event has become a statewide tradition for Nevada’s immunization and healthcare stakeholders. This annual ceremony is an opportunity to honor those immunization champions who provide excellent service, but may not otherwise be recognized.