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Chatham County Board of Health Awards Employee and Community Partner of the Year
At its monthly meeting on May 21st, the Chatham County Board of Health recognized individuals who work daily to improve the health of Chatham County residents. The awards, which were presented by Board of Health Chair Carol Reitz-Barlow, are given annually to an employee and community partner who embody the mission of the health department.
The first award of the evening went to Danielle White, who was named the 2018 Employee of the Year. Ms. White, Processing Assistant, has been with the department for twelve years, successfully working at the clinic before joining the Health Promotion and Policy Division. “Danielle is the ultimate team player who has given so much to the public health department over the past decade. When asked to help with something, big or small, I have only ever heard her respond in two ways: ‘Sure can’ or ‘Already did it,’” said Health Promotion and Policy Division Director Mike Zelek. “She is a true public servant and an example for all of us to follow.”
The recipient of the 2018 Community Health Partnership Award was Piedmont Health Services, represented by Chief Executive Officer Brian Toomey and Family Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Instructor for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing Leslie Sharpe. “We were pleased at the health department to see Piedmont Health Services receive the Community Partner award from the Board of Health,” stated Health Director Layton Long. The nomination letter praised Piedmont’s leadership and staff for their provision of quality care and enthusiasm for collaboration. Over the past year, Piedmont has accepted the health department’s adult primary care patients to allow for an expansion of community-based services and co-managed diabetes prevention and chronic disease management programming. Mr. Long continued, “Piedmont has been a strong partner in working with the health department, the Chatham Health Alliance, and others to improve community health and increase access to health services to those in need. We are fortunate to have Piedmont as a partner in the community.”
The Chatham County Public Health Department would like to congratulate Piedmont Health Services and Ms. White and thank them for their service to Chatham County.