Worcester’s health officer has worked 25 years to improve Marylanders’ lives
Baltimore, MD (June 26, 2017) – Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Deputy Secretary of Public Health Dr. Howard Haft has presented the first Dr. Ulder Tillman Commemorative Annual Award for Public Health Officers Community Service to Debbie Goeller, Worcester County’s health officer. Dr. Tillman served as Montgomery County’s health officer for 13 years, until her unexpected death in January. The award, titled, Dr. Ulder Tillman Commemorative Annual Award for Public Health Officers Community Service – Above and Beyond Duty, will be displayed in the department with successive winners’ names inscribed on it.
Goeller has served as health officer for Worcester County Health Department for 25 years, making her the longest-tenured health officer in Maryland. Her leadership facilitated her health department becoming Maryland’s first accredited health department.
“Dr. Tillman left a legacy of tireless, caring education and service in the field of public health,” said Haft. “We are proud to honor Debbie Goeller for her work, including her persistent and focused leadership, which has paved the way for new programs and specialty services now offered by Worcester’s health department.”
Goeller’s accomplishments for the Worcester County Health Department include:
“Health and Mental Hygiene honors Debbie Goeller for her vision and service. She has been a champion for public health services and her dedication to the citizens of Worcester County has been unwavering,” said Haft.
Goeller plans to retire this month from the Worcester County Health Department. The Worcester County Commissioners recently announced nurse Rebecca L. Jones as Goeller’s successor. She is a nurse program manager who has worked at the county health department for 16 years.
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