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4-15-14 Dr. Judith Hartner Recognition

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4-15-14 Dr. Judith Hartner Recognition
Dr. Judith Hartner graduated from Medical School in 1973 from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, she went on to the Indian Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona assisting on the Indian Reservation where she found her passion in Public Health; and Whereas, in the late 70’s Dr. Hartner obtained her Public Health Degree from the University of Hawaii while working at the neighborhood Health Center. She then, for the next several years, went on to devote herself to working with underserved patients coming into the United States from the Pacific Basin which brought her back to Arizona, where she lead in one of five nationwide projects studying diabetes; and Whereas, in the 1980’s Dr. Hartner went into family practice where she was than promoted to Assistant Director for Community Health Services and in charge of Public Health Nursing, child abuse prevention and several other Public Health programs before moving to Lee County Florida in 1992 when she assumed the position of Director of Health for the Lee County Health Department where Dr. Hartner focused on mothers and children as well as chronic disease prevention; and Whereas, over the last twenty years as an advocate for rural health, Dr. Hartner lent her expertise to various committees, agencies and organizations; and Whereas, as Director of Public Health, Dr. Hartner was instrumental in getting fluoride into the Lee County Public Utilities Water System, as well as developing the Healthy WorkPlace program which ultimately lead to providing employers with a healthier workforce; and Whereas, always recognizing the value and power of higher education, Dr. Hartner helped to develop a cooperative community partnership with local educational institutions and most recently accomplished, due to her collaborative efforts, a program called “Healthy Lee”; a program working in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health in Lee County and Lee Memorial Hospital to rally the business community promoting the concept of wellness in the workplace; and Whereas, Dr. Judith Hartner has recently been nominated for the 2014 Annual Florida Outstanding Woman in Public Health Award; and Whereas, Dr. Hartner is threatening to retire soon from her highly productive career as Director of Lee County Health Department; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby recognize Dr. Judith Hartner for her many years of dedicated service and her tremendous contribution to the overall betterment of Lee County.