Tuesday June 2, 2009
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness recently honored two of its staff members as “Nurses of the Year.” Each year the department names a winner in both the Clinical Nurse and Outreach Nurse categories.
The 2009 winner in the Clinical Nurse category is June Weaver, RN. Weaver knew she wanted to be a nurse when she was six years old. She says she loves to “care for people.” Although she retired from full time employment with the health department in 1992, June has continued to work for the department part time. This year she assisted the department in the operation of two emergency medical shelters, during flu season and with clinical services such as TB testing and counseling and family planning services.
“June has been a huge help to us this year particularly with the emergency medical shelters we operated for Gustav and the ice storm,” said Public Health and Wellness Medical Director Dr. Matt Zahn. “She works long, odd hours and does whatever we ask of her. She has a true ‘servant’s’ heart and ability to deeply connect with our clients and patients.”
Weaver lives in Fern Creek.
The winner in the Outreach Nurse category is Barbara Reck, RN. Reck, who joined the health department in 1998, is a supervisor in the Healthy Start program. Healthy Start works to reduce infant mortality in west Louisville neighborhoods where infant mortality rates are more than double the rate of the community as a whole. Healthy Start also works to reduce the number of low birth weight babies (less than 5.5 pounds) and very low birth weight babies (less than 3.3 pounds) among participants and to ensure that women receive early and continuing prenatal care.
Reck oversees the day to day activities of a staff of nine who work with pregnant women through home visits to assess their overall health and wellness and provide education and resources to ensure the delivery of their healthy babies.
“Even before puberty I knew that I had to become an RN,” said Reck. “That was triggered by the events of my ailing stepmother who was hospitalized and whom I visited daily. It was then I observed the hospital staff and concluded that I too had to ‘save the world.’”
“Barbara has a long history of service in the Healthy Start program,” said Zahn. “She is a dedicated, knowledgeable and compassionate nurse. She deeply cares about our mothers and children and she’s a fantastic role model for her staff. She is a hardworking, ethical and caring person and always has the interests of others in mind.”
Reck lives in the Highlands.
Editor’s note: Photo attached - Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Nurse of the Year award winners: June Weaver, left, Clinical Nurse of the Year, and Barbara Reck, right, Outreach Nurse of the Year.