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Posted on: November 16, 2022

Commissioners Issue Proclamation for Rural Health Day

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Commissioners Issue Proclamation for Rural Health Day


            (Douglas County, Ore.) Douglas County Commissioners Tim Freeman, Chris Boice and Tom Kress issued a proclamation today at the Weekly Business Meeting calling upon all citizens of Douglas County to observe National Rural Health Day, which is celebrated every year on the third Thursday of November.  The proclamation was presented by Commissioner Boice, on behalf of the Board and acknowledged that “In Douglas County we are committed to supporting the health and well-being of rural Douglas County citizens, and we want to celebrate our rural health care providers who work tirelessly to meet their needs.”  A copy of the live video presentation can be found on the Douglas County Government Facebook page:


Commissioner Kress presented Rural Health Day proclamation certificates to various organizations in our community that promote healthy living and provide health care services in our rural communities.  They included: Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN) - -Teresa Mutschler (ED) Laura Turpen and Andree Shidlovsky; Umpqua Valley Ambulance – Rodney Blake and Thomas Krokoski; Douglas County Fire District #2 –Nick Wecks (Chief Training Officer); North Douglas FD & Oakland FD – Chief Brian Burke; AVIVA Health - Mark Tsuchiya (Marketing and Development Director); ADAPT Integrated Healthcare - Dr. Theresa Lundy (CMO); CHI Mercy Medical Center - Sarah Baumgartner (Director of Communications) and Taylor Moore; UCAN – Colleen May (Healthy Families); Umpqua Health Alliance - Brent Eichman (CEO); Thrive Umpqua (formerly Blue Zones) - Jessica Hand, John Dimof and Board President Lance Colley.  After the certificates were presented, representatives from each organization were invited to the podium to talk about their organization and the work they do in promoting and responding to rural health issues in Douglas County.  


As each of you came up today, I got to thinking about the uniqueness of our community and how everybody really works together.  I also got to thinking about how through the years all the different ways I have gotten to help and watch you do your jobs, and every time I continue to be impressed with each organization represented here today...especially over the past two and half years.  I honestly believe that no other county in the state was as well-prepared as we were for that and the work that was done, was done so successfully because of our great community partnerships,” stated Commissioner Tim Freeman.   


The proclamation presented today is a reminder and encouragement for our citizens to honor and support our rural health care providers, practitioners, organizations and support staff, and also work together to bring about a stronger, healthier rural Douglas County. #ruralhealthday #celebratingthepowerofrural


Following the proclamation presentation, the Commissioners acknowledged Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer for recently being selected as the 2022 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year from the Oregon Office of Rural Health, a division of Oregon Health Sciences University. 




Media Contact:     Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist, 

Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email:

Proclamation and Photo Collage Attached. Photo © K Trenkle/Douglas County.  Individual photos available upon request.

Douglas County Proclamation Project

Douglas County Commissioners, Tim Freeman, Chris Boice and Tom Kress recognized that the pandemic traumatized our country, state and county on so many levels.  The impact was not only felt physically, but also mentally, emotionally and financially.   The Commissioners collectively decided to start this series of ‘kudos’ proclamations, and are dedicated to recognizing people that have continued to do good things in our community despite the challenges of the past two years.   They plan to continue to highlight the amazing, often selfless work being done in order to encourage our residents to do the same.  The incredible stories being told during our proclamation events shine a huge spotlight on the amazing people and organizations in Douglas County.  We want to focus on what really matters, our people.   So far this year, the Commissioners have issued 33 proclamations and honored over 870 Douglas County individuals as a part of our Proclamation Project.  They hope you will join them in supporting, thanking and perhaps volunteering to help these wonderful individuals and service organizations, so we can come together to rekindle and restore our sense of community, our faith in others and the joy that makes Douglas County the best place to live, work and play. 

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