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December 17, 2006

Health department names employee of the month

Virginia Emerson has been named the Washington County Health Department's Employee of the Month for December. Emerson is a registered nurse who has been employed at the health department since 1977.

She developed the Community Home Care Program, which provides personal care to homebound Department of Social Services clients. Subsequent to that, she participated in the Adult Evaluation and Review Services program, assessing the needs of elderly citizens with the intent of maximizing their independence and then transferred to the Home Health program, providing direct health care to clients in residential settings. In 1994 she began work with the Healthy Start Program, which provides prenatal care and support to expectant, at-risk mothers. Since 2002 she has been supervisor of the Healthy Start Program and has led initiatives including screening for maternal depression and improving surveys regarding tobacco use.

Family practice office manager honored

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Lyn Carter received the distinguished alumni award in recognition of outstanding professional and civic achievement by Hagerstown Business College. As the office manager of Walnut Street Family Practice, Carter has been a supporter of HBC. She has sponsored and supervised externs at Walnut Street Family Practice; hired several graduates; participated in mock interviews for their presentation skill class; and lent her expertise in the allied health field by serving as a member of HBC's academic advisory board.

Health center doctor receives award

Dr. Martha A. Riggle of Walnut Street Community Health Center received the Washington County Health System Pillars of Excellence Award on Doctor's Day. The certificate was presented to Riggle in recognition of her contributions and embracing the WCHS's principles of excellence.

Julia Manor Health Care Center names admissions director

Julia Manor Health Care Center announces that Bill Plavcan Jr. has joined the team as director of admissions. Plavcan received his bachelor's degree from University of Maryland and his master's of business administration from Frostburg State University. Plavcan has lived in Hagerstown for 37 years.

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