May 21, 2012
County Health Department Celebrates Nurses
The Oswego County Health Department recently honored its nursing services division during National Nurses Week from Sunday, May 6 to Saturday, May 12. This annual recognition raises awareness of the value of nursing and helps educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting their healthcare needs.
OSWEGO - The Oswego County Health Department recently observed National Nurses Week from Sunday, May 6 to Saturday, May 12. This annual recognition raises awareness of the value of nursing and helps educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of the American people.
Oswego County Public Health Director Dr. Dennis Norfleet said, "In honor of the dedication, commitment, and tireless efforts of our nurses to promote and maintain the health of county residents, the Oswego County Health Department is proud to recognize these nurses for the quality care they provide every day of the year."
The health department celebrated the occasion with daily events, capped off by a recognition luncheon and group photo taken in the Hospice Memorial Gardens.
The county's nursing services division includes 28 registered nurses, six licensed practical nurses, two medical social workers, three public health educators and two home health aides. They provide home-based healthcare services to residents of Oswego County through a variety of programs, including Preventive Health and Maternal-Child Health Services, Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA), Long-Term Home Health Care Program (LTHHCP), and the Hospice program.
These health care professionals collaborate with individuals, groups, families and populations to improve the overall health of communities. They 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 are involved in helping to contain the spread of disease in communities.
"Our public health nurses are a valuable resource and a critical link between the community and policy makers," added Dr. Norfleet. "They bring healthcare and education into the community and bring back important information the health department needs to better serve the public."
The mission of the Oswego County Health Department is to be "committed to the principle that a healthy population is a necessary foundation to a healthy community. Through ongoing efforts to strengthen and preserve a healthy community, it initiates and supports activities that lead to wellness." In keeping with this objective, the health department has cultivated an excellent reputation in the community for the care it has provided residents over the past 40 years.
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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