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June 7, 2011

Oswego County Health Department Celebrates Nurse's Day

The Oswego County Health Department recently honored its nursing services division during National Nurse's Week.

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Health Department's Nursing Services Division recently celebrated National Nurse's Week with a group photo and luncheon celebration.

"Our public health nurses are a valuable resource and a critical link between the community and policy makers," said Dr. Dennis Norfleet, director of public health. "They bring healthcare and education into the community and bring back important information that the health department needs to better serve the public."

Public health nurses comprise the largest group of public health professionals in New York's local health departments. They work with individuals, groups, families and populations to improve the overall health of communities. These nurses help plan and implement public health programs, provide instruction to individuals, families and other groups regarding health issues, arrange for immunizations and health screening, and help contain the spread of disease in communities.

The county's nursing services division includes 28 R.N.s, six L.P.N.s, two medical social workers and two home health aides. They provide home-based health care services to residents of Oswego County through a variety of programs, including Preventive Health and Maternal-Child Health Services, the Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA), Long-Term Home Health Care Program (LTHHCP), and the Hospice program.

"The department has an excellent reputation in the community for the care it has provided for its residents over the past 40 years," said Dr. Norfleet. "It is committed to the principle that a healthy population is a necessary foundation to a healthy community. In its ongoing efforts to strengthen and preserve our healthy community, it initiates and supports activities that lead to wellness."

Oswego County Health Department services are available to every resident in the county. For more information, visit oswegocounty.com/health or call the health department at 315-349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

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