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HUNTINGDON — The Carroll County Health Department was recently honored with a pair of Annual Public Health Excellence Awards from the Tennessee Department of Health West Regional Office. The department was named Outstanding Health Department of the Year for west Tennessee, and Nurse Supervisor Anna Todd was presented the Outstanding Leadership Award.
Emily Rushing, director of the Carroll, Henderson and Chester county health departments, told The Banner CCHD was excited to win the award, noting it is Carroll County’s first win.
Rushing said, “This has been an unusual year. We’ve all pitched in and had to work extra hard, so that makes this award extra special. From our frontline staff and nurses to our back office staff working weekends to do contact tracing, the Carroll County staff have done it well and with excellence.”
She said of Todd, “She has truly gone above and beyond at the health department. She leads the staff well, she volunteers on weekends and she works with all of the schools. She’s an excellent leader for the health department.”
She encouraged Carroll Countians to continue social distancing, wearing masks, using good hygiene and “doing their part to keep everyone healthy.”
Carroll County Mayor Joseph Butler congratulated CCHD in a social media post, “Congratulations to the Carroll County Health Department on being awarded the ‘Outstanding Health Department of the Year’ and Anna Todd on being recognized for ‘Outstanding Leadership’ in the West TN Region. In an incredibly difficult year to be a healthcare professional, we are thankful for your incredible, award-winning service to Carroll County!”
Rushing noted that the health department does free COVID-19 testing daily from 1:30-3:30 p.m. by appointment.