Allegany County Health Department Receives National Accreditation

On Thursday, March 26, the Allegany County Commissioners recognized the county’s health department for its national accreditation achievement by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

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L to R: Commissioner Creade Brodie, Commissioner Jake Shade, Deputy Health Officer Patrick Panuska, Health Officer Sue Raver, MD & President of the Board of County Commissioners Bill Valentine

According to Allegany County’s press release,

Those involved in this achievement include Director Sue Raver, MD, MPH, Health Officer, Accreditation Coordinator Jenelle Mayer, MPH, Director of Community Health, the 18 member accreditation team, and the health department staff.

The official citation states

WHEREAS, under the stellar and visionary leadership of Health Officer Sue Raver, MD, MPH, the Allegany County Health Department has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board; and

WHEREAS, the Allegany County Health Department is one of only 59 local health departments in the United States to achieve this prestigious accreditation; and

WHEREAS, this accreditation exemplifies and demonstrates the quality, range and breadth of services and programs provided by the Allegany County Health Department and available to the citizens of Allegany County; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Raver and the health department staff have brought positive national recognition to Allegany County.

NOW THEREFORE we, the Allegany County Commissioners, wish to congratulate and commend all individuals associated with this accreditation achievement and to highlight the multi-faceted, important life-enhancing and life-saving work of The Allegany County Health Department

President of the Board of County Commissioners and MACo Board Member, William R. Valentine has known Dr. Sue Raver for 30 years.  He said,

“The health department’s national accreditation was achieved under Dr. Raver’s exemplary leadership. She spearheaded this effort. Sue Raver has been a tremendous asset for Allegany County. With her upcoming retirement, she will be truly missed.”