Health-care spotlight

September 26, 2005

Health department names employee of the month

Melissa Bartles has been named the Washington County Health Department's employee of the month for the month of September. Bartles is employed in the Health Department's Addictions Division and her selection reflects not only an acknowledgment of her mastery of the clinical application of the theories of various addiction models, but also her willingness to work across administrative boundaries to make her expertise available to all programs of the agency.

Employed by the Health Department in 2001, she has contributed to the agency's work by bringing long experience in working with government and community groups in fighting the community problems caused by addictive behaviors. By acting as a Spanish language interpreter, she has helped enable the Health Department to serve its increasingly large number of Spanish speaking clients.

Employee of the month at hospital

RANSON, W.Va. - Donnie Kees, respiratory services department, has been named the employee of the month at Jefferson Memorial Hospital announced John Sherwood, FACHE, administrator.


"We are proud to announce Donnie as the August employee of the month," said Sherwood. "He is a loyal and dependable employee who is highly respected by his fellow employees."

Brook Lane employees receive service awards

Brook Lane acknowledges several service areas with an employee of the month award. The winners for August are: Robert Lund, a teacher in the Laurel Hall School; Casey Saathoff, a direct-care worker at Stone Bridge Transitional Care Home; and Elaine Keener, a patient accounts clerk.

Clark promoted at March of Dimes

CUMBERLAND, Md. - The Maryland Chapter of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation has announced the promotion of Melissa A. Clark to the position of division director for Western Maryland. The division encompasses Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties. Clark, who began as a volunteer, joined the March of Dimes staff in January 2001 as community director for Washington and Frederick counties. In 2004, she was promoted to senior community director in recognition of her success with WalkAmerica, the organization's premier fundraising event.

In her new position, Clark will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the entire division including fundraising, volunteer and corporate development and mission activities.

"As the mother of two premature sons, Melissa has a deep understanding and appreciation for the important mission of the March of Dimes a healthy birth for all babies. Her passion, enthusiasm and rapport with volunteers have increased the awareness of the urgency of our mission throughout Western Maryland," said Pyda Sterling, state director of development for the March of Dimes. "She is an asset to our foundation and the people of Western Maryland are fortunate to have such an advocate for their counties."

A native of Garrett County and graduate of Southern High School, Clark received her associate in arts degree from Garrett Community College and bachelor of science degree in communications from Frostburg State University. She lives near Cumberland with her husband, Michael, and two sons, Cullen and Jachob.

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