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Tuality Education Specialist Wins Coveted Public Health Award from Washington County

March 31, 2011

For immediate release
Contact:  Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654

The Washington County Department of Health and Human Services has chosen Tuality Healthcare education specialist Marilyn Hickman as the winner of one of its two annual Public Health Recognition Awards. Hickman, RN, BSN, BC, is the individual award winner for her contribution to health education and workforce development in Washington County. Infectious Disease Consultants of Providence St. Vincent Medical Center was the organization award winner.

The awards will be presented at a public ceremony at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 6 in the Shirley Huffman Auditorium at the Charles D. Cameron Public Services Building, 155 N. First Avenue in Hillsboro. A reception will follow.

Tuality’s Clinical Education Department hosts a variety of programs that help place high school students in the workplace. Hickman is the driving force behind these programs, said Lisa Klingsporn, School to Work manager for the Greater Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a very prestigious award,” said Klingsporn, who works closely with Hickman and was the author of the individual award nomination form. “She deserves it.”

Hickman and the education department play host to five high school career days during the calendar year, three Nursing Career Days and two Health Services Career Days. These career days attract 300 students from Washington County high schools, plus students from Vernonia. The department also sponsors an internship program which places students who have an interest in health care in clinical areas like nursing, laboratory and radiology work. Hickman coordinates around 40 individual 20-plus hour internships for high school students from Western Washington County high schools that are affiliated with Tuality. She also personally serves as an internship host, providing mentoring for students interested in a nursing career. And she is instrumental in the success of the Summer Youth Volunteer Program, as well as volunteering at numerous Farmers Markets to provide basic healthcare screenings for Washington County residents.

Klingsporn concluded Hickman’s nomination with the following:

“I believe that Marilyn Hickman should be recognized for her large part in education and workforce development relating to health careers in Washington County. Her coordinating efforts at Tuality Healthcare provide career-related learning experiences for literally hundreds of students in Washington County each year.”

The department has one upcoming event for students, a Health Services Career Day on April 5. Students interested in registering for this High School Career event should contact the Hillsboro Chamber’s School to Work program at 503-726-2154, or their respective School to Work counselor in the public high schools.