Lincoln County Health Department Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary – Public is Invited to Celebrate on July 27

Celebrating-100-Years-mark-small2016 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Lincoln County Health Department. To acknowledge this important occasion, the Health Department is holding a 100 Year Celebration on July 27, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in the Health Department Clinic Room.

As we look forward to the next hundred years of public health, it’s important to remember where we came from. Shelley Hersil, Lincoln County Health Officer, explains “The history of public health in Lincoln County is strong. Theta Mead was the first Public Health Nurse in the county, appointed in 1917. She was the second Public Health Nurse in Wisconsin and one of the first in the nation.” As a result of public health advancements over the years, today we have better ways to prevent the spread of disease and keep our food and water safe.

This event is an opportunity to learn about our history and also gather with our partners and community to acknowledge all the hard work and progress that has been made in public health over the years. Much of this work could not be accomplished without commitment and support from our community.

The celebration will begin at 4:00 pm with a social and appetizers. At 4:30 pm, Marie Marrier, RN, FNP, BC, APNP, from the Merrill Historical Society will provide a presentation entitled “Healthcare in the Pinery” which will offer a historical perspective of nursing in Lincoln County. Following, Greta Rusch, RN, Retired Lincoln County Health Director will share how public health has evolved over the years. There will be opportunities to share stories and also win a variety of prizes. Thanks to Ben Franklin, WJJQ, Merrill Area Recreation Center (MARC) and First Impressions for your prize donations.

Please RSVP by July 8 to 715-536-0307 or We look forward to celebrating with you.

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