PINEDALE – Sublette County Public Health staff received a surprise at an event the agency hosted to thank the community for its support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following lunch on July 2, Public Health Nurse Manager Janna Lee and nurses Robin Carnes and Jaclyn Nelson were honored with the DAISY Team Award for their role in the pandemic response.
The Green River Valley Health Foundation sponsors the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation Awards locally. The DAISY Awards recognize the work of “extraordinary nurses,” said Donni Toth, a former public health nurse and the GRVHF’s DAISY Award coordinator.
“The Sublette County Public Health nurses have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the face of this dreadful disease that has killed so many,” said Toth at the ceremony. “Due to the unwavering hard work of Janna, Robin and Jackie, many lives were saved.”
Lee told the Examiner she was surprised to receive the DAISY Team Award and humbly gave a shoutout to the community.
“Public Health wants to thank our community partners, team members and volunteers for their assistance and support during the COVID-19 response.”
Toth gave a special award to Public Health administrative assistant Angie Kolis for years spent working to support the nurses.
Leaders in other local agencies involved in the pandemic response received certificates from Toth and the GRVHF.
The group included: Dr. Brendan Fitzsimmons, Sublette County public health officer, Steve Kipp, Public Health response coordinator, Jim Mitchell, Sublette County emergency management coordinator and Trisha Scott, Sublette County Prevention coordinator.
Community members that stepped up to work with Public Health during the pandemic were also honored with certificates, including nurse Stacey Blaha and volunteers Donna Lavin, Joanie Christie and Amy Graham.
Toth thanked the pandemic unified command leaders Lee, Shad Cooper of Sublette County Unified Fire and Dave Doorn, administrative director at the Sublette County Hospital District. Toth expressed gratitude to Bill Kluck, Sublette County Hospital District EMS coordinator, for his role supporting vaccination clinics.
Wrapping the ceremony up, Toth recognized public information officers Sgt. Travis Bingham with the sheriff’s office, Cat Urbigkit and Deanne Swain.