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Health department names award winner

Published: Saturday, April 26, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
Cathy Ferguson, (left) Lee County Health Department administrator; and Amy Smith, (left) RN, infectious disease coordinator, present the 11th Annual Friends of Public Health award to Jennifer Macdonald (center), Infection preventionist at KSB Hospital. Macdonald is credited by the Lee County Health Department as being a staunch advocate for patient and staff safety as well as an outstanding partner when working jointly on infectious disease issues. Photo submitted by the health department.

DIXON – In conjunction with the National Public Health Week in April, the Lee County Health Department honors an individual or organization with its Friend of Public Health Award.

“Our department’s mission is to promote and protect health among Lee County residents, but we know we can’t do this alone, Cathy Ferguson, LCHD administrator, said.

“We rely on our community partners and are blessed to have so many dedicated, quality allies in our community. We enjoy recognizing the work of others and to demonstrate appreciation for their collaborative work with us.”

Employees are asked to submit nominations. A committee of employees reviews submissions and selects a winner.

This year’s award was presented to Jennifer Macdonald, BSRT, RCP, infection preventionist at KSB Hospital.

Amy Smith, RN, infectious disease coordinator for LCHD submitted the Macdonald’s name.

“Since accepting this position at KSB, Jennifer has had ‘baptism by fire’ and has accepted every challenge with an amazing can-do attitude.

“She works hard to keep staff and patients safe, even when it is not the popular choice.

“Jennifer continues to advocate for the best patient and staff outcomes and safety.

“I have worked with Jennifer on numerous occasions, and it is great to have a close, mutually-beneficial working relationship with our local hospital,” Smith said.

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