In the midst of the Greenwich Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic for the teachers and staff at Greenwich Country Day School, time was put aside to recognize and honor the service and commitment of the leadership and staff of the Greenwich Dept of Health.
The department’s designated public health authority is derived from Connecticut State Statutes.
Recognition of the Dept of Health and the Greenwich Public Health System overall came from the President of the Connecticut Nurses Association, Dr. Stephanie Paulmeno, a Greenwich resident and member of the Greenwich Medical Reserve Corps volunteers since its inception in the mid-2000s.
The Greenwich Department of Health is celebrating its 350th year of dedicated service to the Town of Greenwich this year.
That, along with being in the midst of a treacherous pandemic, makes this year’s National Public Health Week very special.
The concerted effort of the Greenwich public health nurses, environmentalists, laboratorians, dental hygienists, special clinical services staff, emergency management, and the essential support staff in every area warrant recognition for a job well done. Public Health nursing in all its renditions is a huge focus of the Connecticut Nursing Association.
Director Baisley has led her department for 23 years. She has worked for the Department for 40 years.
“To be in public health service all these years, I can only say that it has been a passion to serve the public and to make a true difference in the health and lives of people,” Baisley said in a release. “Although tired from the seemingly never-ending COVID-19 pandemic, I am committed every day to working with my devoted staff and colleagues to help get people vaccinated and to recover from this disease.”
“I am equally blessed to have collaborating health professionals working alongside me,” Baisley added.
Standing alongside Director Baisley to also receive a proclamation was Tracy Schietinger, the Director the Greenwich Emergency Medical Services. GEMS has partnered with the Greenwich Department of Health in all of their joint COVID-19 clinics. The GEMS staff vaccinate, pre-screen, provide medical monitoring post-vaccination, and they are there to also provide emergency care should it ever be needed. It is a strong bond that serves the public well.
The Connecticut Nurses Association’s proclamation recognized the work of all the clinical and support staff in the Greenwich Department of Health and the Greenwich Emergency Medical Services, as well as the other public, private, and community agencies that comprise the Greenwich Public Health System.
Praise was also given to the Greenwich Hospital Association, Family Centers, Inc. and both CVS and Walgreen’s pharmacies, all much larger organizations than the Greenwich Department of Health and GEMS, who have also been actively vaccinating the people of Greenwich against a deadly virus.