Mary Ellen Smith, RN, BSN, Door County Public Health Nurse, was awarded the Distinguished Service in Public Health Nursing: Cornelia van Kooy Award. Smith was recognized for her achievements at the 18th Annual Public Health Nursing Conference on Aug. 5 in Stevens Point. The purpose of this award was to recognize her contributions to public health nursing practice within her agency, community, region, state, nation or globally by providing leadership in professional organizations, demonstrating outstanding public health nursing performance or other accomplishments relating to population health. There is only one recipient of this award per year.
Smith began her public health nursing career in the 1980s, and is still contributing her knowledge and expertise to the Door County community. She was instrumental in helping to establish a Community Clinic, a Hispanic Resource Center, and a Dental Clinic in Door County.