2012 Media Releases

April 10, 2012
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Board of Health Award Winners Announced

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department today presented Board of Health Awards to a medical facility, a local restaurant, an advisory coalition and three individuals. The awards were presented at the Board of Health Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the Lincoln Station Great Hall. The keynote speaker was author Michael Samuelson, a healthcare and disease prevention analyst.

The Community Health Award was presented to the Lincoln Homeless Coalition for its work to develop a community-wide commitment to improve the lives and safety of the homeless population.

The Public Health Leadership Award was presented to Tony Messineo, Jr., a Board of Health member and local business owner, for his many contributions to improve public health. He was instrumental in supporting the smoke-free workplace ordinance, developing a strategic plan focusing on the public health priorities in the community and supporting comprehensive food handler training and education.

The John J. Hanigan Award was presented to Robert Rauner, MD for his leadership in the medical field, his advocacy for public health, and his work to teach and promote healthy lifestyles in the schools and the community.

Two awards were presented for Food Sanitation Excellence. Texas Roadhouse was recognized for its exceptional inspection scores, cleanliness and food handling practices. BryanLGH Medical Center, Nutrition and Dining Services was recognized in the institutional category for its excellent food handling practices.

The Carole Douglas Public Health Achievement Award was presented to Shirley Terry for her outstanding service to public health. Terry has worked for the Health Department for ten years and was recognized for her efforts in Community Health Services for assuring access to needed and appropriate health care.