Pediatric clinic nominated for award for participation in reading program

Western Colorado Pediatric Associates (WCPA) has been nominated for an award for a program in which the Grand Junction medical practice distributes books to young patients.

Reach Out and Read Colorado has nominated WCPA for the 2011 Richard Robinson Award. WCPA began participating in the Reach Out and Read program in 1999. Reach Out and Read trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric checkups. WCPA now distributes nearly 8,000 books a year to patients age 3 and under during regularly scheduled examinations.