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Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards announced for Polk
Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards announced for Polk

Bartow, Florida -- The annual Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards Program winners have been announced for 2013.

Since 1989, this program has recognized and rewarded state government employees whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity, promotes innovation, and improves the delivery of state services, and/or saves money for Florida taxpayers and businesses.

"Congratulations to all of this year's winners." said Dr. Ulyee Choe, Interim Director of the Florida Department of Health in Polk County. 

"Your hard work and dedication is truly appreciated, and is a clear demonstration of your commitment to public health, our Department, and to the people we serve."

There were two individual awards and three team awards given to health department staff in Polk County, recognizing their efforts to better serve the community:


A certificate will be given to Vivian Weber, School Health Division, for creating a head lice brochure to educate parents of children in Polk schools.

Michael Farmer, General Services, for implementing a fleet management program.


A certificate will be given to Lisa Bishop, Susan Kistler, and Suzanne Wright, WIC & Nutrition Division, for reducing costs to the program for non-contract infant formula.

Deborah Cheatwood, Michele Ford, Matti Friedt, Jill Hoagland, Kira Lipe, Sharon Mamula, Gwen Parish, Sandy Smith, and Vivian Weber, School Health Division, for initiating a Migrant Head Start Screening and Immunization Clinic.

Mary Cozine, Loretta Firis, Michele Ford, Cindy Gatlin, June Gump, Dr. Daniel Haight, Lauren Hinton, Mary Hunt, Shirley Pope, Barbara Purdy, Nancy Rafferty, and Greg Rousseau for developing and implementing a Student Preceptor Program through the Academic Committee of the health department's Leadership Council.

Statewide, the 2013 Awards program attracted 468 nominations from all agencies, which represents $514 million in cost savings, cost avoidances, and increased revenue for Florida's state government and businesses. 

Nominations from the Department of Health represented 59 of the award winners. This year's awards are scheduled to be presented throughout the month of June at various locations around the state.

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