Friday Highlights January 2016 What's happening at forsyth county department of public health

In This Issue:

School Health Nurses Care for More Than Just Students

Food Bank Thank You

Valerie Wardrick Becomes First Time Homeowner

Micki Metscher Has a Waltz to Remember

QI Kudos

Staff Recognition

Erin Sheldon and Jennifer Corso

Forsyth County School Nurses are making a difference every day, not just in the schools where they work, but in the community! Our school nurses are a dedicated group who make sure school aged children are healthy by ensuring immunizations are up to date, providing vision and hearing screenings, creating care plans for children with medical needs, teaching school staff how to use Epi-Pens and the list goes on!

School nurse Jennifer Corso has taken on a pet project of her own. She collected more than 20 blankets for patients receiving chemotherapy at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Kernersville! There were a variety of blankets donated- fleece throws, full sized blankets, and lots of colors! The rooms where chemo is given are kept quite cool for a variety of reasons and the chemo itself often comes out of the refrigerator just before being administered; it's not unusual for patients receiving chemo to be bundled in blankets during treatment. Some treatments can last several hours! And while the chemo center has blankets available for patients, it's always nice to have your own blanket to snuggle with as a reminder that you're cared for by those you may not even know!

Jennifer and fellow school nurse Erin Sheldon chair the Social Committee for the school nurses and this committee was responsible for a donation of $160 to the Edgecombe County Schools to help in their disaster relief after Hurricane Matthew. Edgecombe County suffered severe flooding damage after the hurricane closing many schools and displacing many students. The school system was thankful for the generous donation provided by the Forsyth County School Nurses.

Valerie Wardrick, MSW, of CC4C closed on her new home on November 30, 2016. Please join us in congratulating Valerie on this great accomplishment!

I am beginning my 9th year as an ERRN/Coordinator for the BCCCP program which provides free pap smears and mammograms to uninsured women in this county. I love my job! It reminds me why I became a nurse. I collaborate with amazing people and my patients are special! During this past 8 years my mother Elizabeth Campbell donated $11,000 which provided funding to pay for mammograms for women in this program. I lost my mother in October. This holiday season was tough! However on New Years Eve I believe I was given a sweet gift which lifted my spirits! We attended the annual concert on the 31st at Reynolds Auditorium presented by the Winston Salem Symphony. There is a drawing and at the end of the concert 4 couples are picked to come on stage and dance the last waltz. Yep! Our names were drawn. My husband Jerry and I joined the group....except the 4th couple did not show up! As we danced on stage it occurred to me that the 4th couple was my mom and dad....Betty and Syl! They loved to dance. I know they were right there with me! It brought a tear to my eyes but a smile to my face which I desperately needed! Remember to love one another and enjoy many sweet moments in the new year.

Micki Metscher, RN, ERRN; BCCCP program

Janice Payne, Mary Atkins, and Pam Burch

Congratulations to Janice Payne, Mary Atkins, and Pam Burch. These lovely ladies received the most name recognitions on our customer service surveys between July and December 2015. Thanks for your dedication to serving our community!

Please continue to encourage health department customers to fill out the customer service surveys. Each visit is a different experience and we want to be sure we are providing our best services!

Staff Recognized as Going Above and Beyond to Serve Our Clients in the Month of December:

Michelle Metscher, Public Health Nurse III

Gail Melton, Human Service Technician

Beverly Dobson, Public Health Nurse III

Alexa Jordan, Public Health Nurse III

Mary Atkins, Public Health Nurse III

Amanda Pone, Public Health Nurse III

Lauren Pegram, Dental Assistant

Rodasha Scott, Nutritionist

Maria Valdez, Human Service Technician

Janice Payne, WIC Peer Counselor

Tammy Michel, Dental Hygienist

Madeline De La Cruz Diaz, Sr.Office Assistant

Dr. Emily Smith, Dentist Director

Katherine Rucker, Office Assistant

Helena How, Office Assistant

Jamie Rose, Public Health Nurse II

James Mchone, Jr Environmental Health Specialist

Patrick Daugherty, Environmental Health Specialist

The End.

The Council knows that many of us are so busy in our own service areas, we don't always know about the great things that are happening across the health department. The Friday Highlights are a way to bridge this gap and we hope to better connect all of our staff.

We need your help with stories to share each month in the Friday Highlights. Anyone can submit something to be shared! You can send anything from a wedding or new baby announcement to an exciting event that happened in your department.

Email Holley Hooks at to have your announcements included in next month's Friday Highlights.


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