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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

During their Wednesday, April 27 meeting, board of health members helped staff from the Northeast Colorado Health Department recognize the 2011 Public Health Shining Stars.

This is the agency’s fourth annual recognition of individuals throughout northeast Colorado that champion public health.

“This award is an opportunity for our employees to look around their counties and recognize the public health efforts of others,” said John Crosthwait, NCHD’s district public health administrator. “We work with so many individuals and agencies that foster our mission of building healthy communities that we have established a tradition to publicly acknowledge those who have a positive impact on the health of the public.”



The 2011 Shining Star winners are pictured from left, Linda Jelden; the Rural Solutions staff of Jackie
Reynolds, Maranda Miller and Michelle Sharp; and Patrick Woltemath. Not pictured are Scott Robinette,
DVM; Becky Meyer; and Patricia Brewster-Willeke.


According to Crosthwait, the honorees are nominated by health department staff and included:

—Linda Jelden was nominated for her work as a regional audiologist.

Her nomination reads as follows, “As a regional audiologist, Linda has been very instrumental in obtaining appropriate newborn hearing equipment for our local hospitals. She also ensures that all infants born in any of our six birthing hospitals in northeast Colorado have had a newborn hearing screening.

“In fact, while state guidelines require hospitals to screen 95 percent of births, our hospitals far exceed that due in part to Linda’s diligence. Linda is a very caring and compassionate person and is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure all of our babies receive their hearing screenings.”

Jelden was nominated by Sherri Yahn, NCHD’s Healthcare Program for Children with Special Needs (HCP) coordinator.

—Becky Meyer and Patricia Brewster-Willeke were nominated because of their passion and advocacy for public health. Meyer and Brewster-Willeke co-direct Washington County Connections in Washington County and the Rural Communities Resource Center in Yuma County.

Their nomination reads as follows, “Becky and Patricia network to build partnerships across the region and across the state in order to bring public health programming to this area of the state. Their passions include women’s health, oral health and children’s health. These ladies are generous and passionate in every endeavor, and their hearts are what make them very special ladies.”

Meyer and Brewster-Willeke were nominated by Michelle Pemberton, NCHD’s prevention health services coordinator, and Yahn.

—Rural Solutions staff members were nominated for their vision and positive approach to collaboration in northeast Colorado.

Their nomination reads as follows, “The Rural Solutions’ mission of ‘creating positive solutions for the health and well-being of the diverse communities of northeast Colorado’ is exemplified by their staff and is what makes Jackie Reynolds, Michelle Sharp and Maranda Miller Shining Stars.

“These ladies can be seen at meetings, health fairs and anywhere they can connect with people. They have the rural communities of northeast Colorado at heart and seek services for all of our citizens regardless of race, social or financial status.”

The staff of Rural Solutions was nominated by Sharon Holmes, NCHD community health nurse, Pemberton and Yahn.

—Scott Robinette, DVM was nominated for his role in helping community members access affordable rabies vaccinations for their pets.

His nomination reads as follows, “As skunk rabies continues to infiltrate the wildlife animal population in northeast Colorado, it is ever important to encourage domestic pet owners to keep their animals vaccinated for rabies.

“Dr. Robinette provides low-cost rabies vaccination clinics in several communities in northeast Colorado. The clinics are easy to access, and no appointment is necessary. Thank you Dr. Robinette for providing this needed service to the residents and pets of northeast Colorado.”

Robinette was nominated by NCHD’s environmental health staff.

—Patrick Woltemath was nominated for several contributions he has made in Sedgwick County, including his role as the certified water operator for the town of Sedgwick and for Lucy’s Place restaurant.

His nomination reads as follows, “We have always found Patrick to be pleasant, knowledgeable and cooperative in his various roles and his expertise has led him to be awarded the 2010 Colorado Rural Water Operator of the year.”

Patrick was also recognized for his involvement with a historic lead issue at the town school as well as several other projects including his role in the town’s recent water system improvement project, his involvement in utilizing money received from the Governor’s Energy Office in changing all of the street lights in the town of Sedgwick to LED lighting and the implementation of funding received from the William Stretesky Foundation to update both the aesthetic appearance and the energy efficiency of many buildings on Main Street.

He was also recognized for his aid in helping the owner of Lucy’s Place restaurant, a vital business in a very small community, come into compliance with the Colorado Drinking Water Regulations so that her restaurant could remain open.

Woltemath was nominated by Carmen Vandenbark, NCHD’s environmental health director and Teena Pierce, NCHD’s environmental health representative.

In other business the board:

—accepted the March financials.

—listened to a discussion by David Kauffman, CPA, regarding the appropriate tracking of accrued employee leave.

—Received the 2010 annual report, which will also be available online at www.nchd.org at the beginning of May.

—reviewed a new credentialing policy for NCHD staff.