honored for helping with H1N1 vaccinations
Wanda English Burnett
appreciation dinner was recently held for all those who were
instrumental in making sure everyone in the county (who wanted
it) received H1N1 vaccinations.
Thanks to a host of volunteers Ripley County ranked above the
state in the percent of vaccinations given for H1N1. The State
of Indiana vaccinated 20.7% with Ripley Countys percentage
being 43.8%. I am very proud of our volunteers,
noted Pat Thomas, director of the Ripley County Health Department
Clinics were set up across the county with volunteers manning
them. They worked tirelessly to make sure everyone was vaccinated.
The group went into local schools and also administered the
Thomas said of the volunteers, You have all been great
to work with. On a printed paper with the agenda for the
evening it noted, Your compassion and dedication to improve
public health and support the H1N1 vaccination campaign has
In addition to setting up vaccination clinics, the group attended
numerous training sessions. Thomas and her staff worked long
hours to make sure everything was in place.
Dr. David Welsh, county health officer was presented an award
for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication. We couldnt
have done it without you, Thomas told Dr. Welsh at the
event. He in turn thanked Thomas and her dedication to public
Thomas handed out many certificates and in turn was presented
a Certificate of Excellence in Leadership, along with county
nurse Vicky Powell, from area school nurses.
It was a spirit of working together that was the theme throughout
the evening as volunteer appreciation certificates were given
to: Janele Bible, Melisa Boor, Lisa Hartman, Amy Hon, Mary Krumm,
Mary Schmaltz, Heather Sides, Randy Stein, all Registered Nurses.
Also given certificates were: Josh Cady, law enforcement (Osgood),
Tracey Gobel, Stormy Scherer-Berry, Madge Stephens, Janice Wittich
and Ollie Craig.
Leadership awards were presented to: Bill Dramann, Sunman Town
Marshal; Susie Halcomb, RN; John Hegge, Osgood Town Marshal;
Janice Hosmer, Denise Johnson, RN, Wayne Peace, Vicky Powell,
Kris Schneider, Appie Thompson, Marla Thompson, and Gayla Vonderheide.
Distinguished Service Awards were presented to the following
schools: Batesville, Jac-Cen-Del, Milan, South Ripley, St. Louis
The District 9 Team from Homeland Security was honored along
with media outlets, Ripley Publishing Company and WRBI Radio.
Those in attendance learned about Ripley Countys Medical
Reserve Corps and how it will benefit the community. The organization
was born when President George W. Bush called for Americans
to volunteer in support of their country. The mission is to
improve the health and safety of communities across the country
by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and other
Ripley County leads the way with the H1N1 project, proving the
positive results of working together. To find out more about
volunteering with the health department you can contact 812-689-0506.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT
Pat Thomas, left, Ripley County Health Director, presents
an award for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to
Dr. David Welsh, Ripley County Health Officer at a volunteer
appreciation dinner and training held at the Southeastern
Career Center recently.