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May 07, 2007

Kershner named employee of month



Angela Kershner has been named the Washington County Health Department's employee of the month for April.

Kershner has been employed at the health department for the last six years, beginning as a contractual consultant and becoming a permanent agency employee in May 2002.

Working with the nutrition/wellness program of the department's health services division, Kershner and her colleagues promote healthy lifestyles based around proper nutrition and exercise. She has been instrumental in the acquisition of funding used to establish several successful exercise programs, both at the health department and in local businesses.

Prior to her employment at the health department, Kershner worked as a wellness program manager for Citicorp.




Hospital employees trained in culture competency



Linda Harbaugh, director of environmental services, and George Rae, respiratory therapist at Washington County Hospital, were selected by the Washington County Community Partnership for Families and Children to join other Washington County representatives to become trainers in cultural competency.

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Harbaugh and Rae, along with Melissa Bartles and Mary McPherson of the Washington County Health Department, and Kathy Saxman of the Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families, attended the National MultiCultural Institute's diversity conference, "Polarization, the Enemy Within: Collaboration, the Power of Us," in Arlington, Va.

After the conference, the group of five was asked to utilize their training by providing a diversity workshop in the community. Along with Garland Thomas from the Governor's Office for Children, they held "Cultural Competency: Awareness and Skill Building" featuring keynote speaker Dr. Carmen Tafolla.

Twenty community members attended the workshop. The group plans to hold the workshop again.

In addition to participating on the Washington County diversity task force, Harbaugh was selected as the chair of the Washington County Health System's cultural diversity committee in November.




Doctor joins Mill Street practice



Dr. Larry Kugler will join Antietam Health Services with the opening this month of Mill Street Family Medicine at 366 Mill Street, Hagerstown. Kugler's full-time practice will be dedicated to family medicine for patients ages five and older.

A resident of Hagerstown, Kugler received a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-med zoology at Duke University in Durham, N.C., before graduating from Georgetown University Medical School. He completed a three-year residency in family practice at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, Va. Kugler is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Kugler is acceping new patients to his practice, which will offer after-hours appointments in addition to regular office hours. To make an appointment, call Mill Street Family Medicine at 301-797-7642.

Antietam Health Services, a division of Washington County Health System, serves the residents of western Maryland, southern Pennsylvania and the panhandle of West Virginia.

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