Smooth transition expected at county health department

Joan Hubber, RN, pictured at right, will be leaving her post after 13 years with the Prairie County Health Department. Janet Fredrickson, RN, who has been working with Hubber in the county health department for the pst year and a half will resume her new role on Monday, July 11.

 By Kay Braddock

On Friday the Prairie County Health Department will undergo a significant change, as longtime Registered Nurse Joan Hubber will be leaving her post. Janet Fredrickson, who has been working part-time in the health department since January, 2010, will step into the supervisory position on Monday. 
“(Janet’s) well connected within the community,” Hubber said. “She’s so kind, caring and compassionate. She’s just going to be wonderful.”
Fredrickson, who received her RN degree from Miles Community College in 2004, also received an agriculture business degree from Montana State University. Since receiving her RN degree Fredrickson has worked at Prairie Community Hospital and as a travel nurse providing a variety of medical services.
Fredrickson and her husband Scott live south of Terry. The couple has five children.
Hubber, who has been with the department since 1998, said the timing of events fell into place as she began contemplating leaving.
“I’m going to miss a lot of people,” Hubber said, adding, “but I’m so excited to do something different.”
Hubber is moving to Portland, Ore. later this month, where she and husband Dale will live. The couple’s two adult sons both live in Portland.
She has accepted a full-time position at Providence Health and Services in case management, which begins in August.
Hubber followed Karen Hinnaland, RN into the county health department, after Hinnaland retired from 17 years of service. Hinnaland was the county health department’s first nurse.
When Hubber began 13 years ago the position offered a 20-hour work week, but since 2002, through federal and state grants, the position has transformed into  a full-time one.
The Prairie County Health Department provides healthy resources to those living in the community, like the Meals on Wheels program, personal health care, medical transportation and  equipment needs. 
The county health nurse serves on several county boards including Council on Aging, Child Protective Team, Health Board and the Food Bank Board as well as the Senior Companion Advisory Board.
The Flu Clinic, Health Fair and Christmas Baskets are among the programs that are spearheaded by the county health department.
Providing vaccinations and implementing the WIC program are other aspects managed by the county health department. 
“We really pride ourselves in confidentiality,” Hubber said of medical services provided through the department.
Fredrickson, who has in the past worked several part-time jobs, which required traveling, says she’s looking forward to keeping closer to home.
“It’s nice to be working in Terry,” Fredrickson said.

Published July 6, 2011

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