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Infectious Disease celebrates EKU intern’s help

Intern - Priscillana CawoodInfectious Disease would like to thank Priscillana Cawood for choosing us as her internship site. Priscillana was somewhat of an intern-gatekeeper because she often took infectious disease information and condoms back to the Eastern Kentucky University community. It was a pleasure having her and we appreciate the help she provided our disease intervention specialists with investigations and our epidemiologists during the hepatitis A outbreak.

‘Thankful’ tree on display

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At the Thanksgiving luncheon, the Employee Association asked staff to write down things they’re thankful for on a small note card. Those cards have been put on a special tree that’s now on display in Conference Room C on the third floor. Be sure to read over your co-workers’ comments when you’re in the area.

LFCHD salutes its veterans

vets2016On this Veterans Day, we salute the veterans who currently work at LFCHD. Thank you for your service and for continuing to help the community through your work in Public Health: Dan Satterfield (Air Force and Coast Guard), Ralph McCracken (Army), Skip Castleman (Navy), Julie Moon (Army) and Elaine Bailey (Army Reserves).

Moon is holding a picture of her brother, who is currently serving in the Army. We also honor the many employees who have family members who are veterans. The list is too many to many to name individually, so we offer a collective (and sincere) thank you!

Employee Association hosts Thanksgiving luncheon

The Employee Association hosted another successful event, this time feeding staff a delicious Thanksgiving meal!

Additionally, our employees brought in hundreds of clothing items to be donated to the Salvation Army. Thanks to all who participated and to the Employee Association for coordinating the day!

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Communicable Disease team says goodbye to intern

Oluwasubomi “Subomi” Akindoju, CDC Public Health intern, came to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to gain additional knowledge about Public Health.

Subomi was an intern with the Targeted Prevention and the TB teams. She was a great asset during the time spent with us. The Communicable Disease team would like to extend their appreciation to Subomi for the support she provided each program.

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Thank you!

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The following was sent to the Employee Association from Anita Spreitzer with Woodstock Animal Foundation in regards to this year’s Winter Event:

“Thank you so much for having us — t was great fun and we received so many nice things. Butch was exhausted and so was Beauty. We hope they get adopted tomorrow from someone that saw them today. Thank you — YOU ALL ROCK!!!!!”

Elayne Hollinger building strong relationships

Congratulations to Elayne Hollinger, Health Educator, on developing great partnerships with University of Kentucky’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, helping us build a strong community! “The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is fortunate to have an employee like Elayne Hollinger as a representative. I am confident that she has made an impact on health education in Fayette County, and in turn, she has had an impact on the health of children.” Read more about Elayne’s accomplishments in a letter from Dr. Melody Noland, Professor of Education and Professor of Health Education at the University of Kentucky.

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LFCHD earns kudos for flu shots

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The following letter was sent to Carla Basanta and Lois Davis for their efforts with a flu shot clinic at St. Luke United Methodist Church!

The St. Luke Health team thanks you once again for bringing the flu immunizations to our annual Health Expo. Each year, the members look forward to your team of experts. In fact, the word continues to spread that your nurses give the best shots in town!!!

Carla, thank you for all you did in planning to make it a success, and Lois, it was truly special to have you with us for most of the evening. The event proved to be very successful. Just a side note, one of our members with the assistance of a nurse on our team discovered a breast lump. She mentioned that it felt similar to the one on the model we had displayed. Fortunately, the nurse referred her for an immediate follow-up. So, in addition to your immunizations, our health expo has been successful for various screenings over the years, and this is another example.

Please convey our thanks to all from the Health Department who participated. We look forward to seeing each of you next year!

8 take part in blood drive

With your help we had eight total successful blood donors at the Bloodmobile Event held Sept. 16.

The winners of the $25 Walmart gift cards are:
Stephanie Anklan, Nutrition Specialist in WIC
Estephany Romero, Executive Assistant in Administration

On behalf of Human Resources, many thanks to each participant!

Mock’s family gives thanks for gift

Sam Mock, who many of you know from his time spent as part of the cleaning agency at 805 Newtown Circle, recently died from cancer. A team of LFCHD staff, led by Jennifer Wyatt, Lindsey Earlywine and Abby Sargent, collected funds to provide to his family in an effort to show how much they cared about Sam.

sam“I used to drop Sam off on days we had bad weather so he didn’t have to ride the bus to downtown just to turn around and get on another one so he could get home,” Sargent said. “Trenna Vandergrift would call him on the days we would close due to weather after one day seeing him come to work when we closed but he never received our calls because he was not a health department employee.”

Sargent delivered the money to Sam’s mother, who became emotional while sharing her thanks. “God bless you all, baby,” Sargent recalled Sam’s mother saying. “Every little bit helps, but this is such a blessing right now!”

Sam’s mother sent several programs from his funeral so they could be shared with people at the health department. “Of course it had Sam’s favorite team (UK) all over it,” Sargent said. “I know lots of us knew Sam and always spoke to him. He is very much missed, especially in the mornings when he would always say hello with a huge smile.”

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