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W.Md. Area Health Education Center honors workers

County employees among those honored by Western Md. Health Education Center

July 21, 2013
  • Front row, from left, Susan Stewart, center executive director; Dr. Richard Colgan of the University of Maryland School of Medicine; Audra Houser, nurse practicioner; Lisa McCoy, Dietitian of the Year; Judyth L. Altemus, mental health practitioner; Jennifer Glotfelty, social worker; and Dr. Diane D. Romaine. Second row, Angela Spataro, nurse; Charles Breakall, center board of directors chairman; Kelsey M. Wilkes, social worker; Anne Sheetz, nurse; and John Kenney, social worker.
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CUMBERLAND, Md. — Area health professionals were honored for their contributions to the region’s wellness at the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center’s annual awards dinner June 11 at Cumberland Country Club.

The nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians and social workers were honored for their outstanding leadership, service and commitment to patients, clients and the community.

The center provides services in Washington County, including facilitating medical student rotations with practitioners in the county, offering interdisciplinary and continuing education in geriatrics and gerontology at Washington County facilities, and providing a summer health careers program in conjunction with the Board of Education.

At the awards dinner, some Washington County health professionals were honored for playing significant roles in programs this year, including Kelsey Wilkes, special projects program manager and social worker at Meritus, who was named Washington County Social Worker of the Year; John Kenney, a social worker who is program manager of adult services at Washington County Department of Social Services, who won the Geriatrics and Gerontology Award; Charles Breakall, who retired from the Washington County Department of Social Services after 30 years of service; and Lisa McCoy, nutrition specialist for the county health department, who was named Dietitian of the Year.

Others honored were Susan Stewart, center executive director; Dr. Richard Colgan of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who received the John M. Dennis Award for his academic partnership and commitment to physician work force development in the Western Maryland region; the award is named for Dr. Dennis of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who was instrumental in developing the partnership; Audra Houser, Nurse Practitioner of the Year; Judyth L. Altemus, Mental Health Practitioner of the Year; Jennifer Glotfelty, Allegany-Garrett (counties) Social Worker of the Year; Diane D. Romaine, winner of the Jane A. Fiscus Community Health Leadership Award, given in remembrance of the former Allegany health officer’s lasting legacy, for Dr. Romaine’s leadership, dedication to interdisciplinary education, compassion toward those in need, and her commitment to improve health throughout Western Maryland and the entire state; Angela Spataro, Nurse of the Year; Anne Sheetz, winner of the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her commitment to the center’s mission through longstanding service on the board, her dedicated leadership efforts, and her commitment to strengthening partnerships throughout the region.  

The center relies on the time and expertise of its partners and thanks those who have made contributions to the organization and to their communities.

The center is a nonprofit organization working in Western Maryland and surrounding areas in West Virginia and Pennsylvania to improve access to and quality in health care. Its programs include clinical and continuing education for health professions students and practitioners, housing for health professions students doing rotations in the area, exploring careers in health occupations for high school students, geriatric resources and interdisciplinary training opportunities, network building and learning resources services.

For more information, go to www.wmahec.org.

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