Allow me introduce someone to you: A brilliant man that has given the last 50 years of his life to public health. He spent many years with the EPA, the CDC, and now for the last 13 years the Pender County Health Department has been set apart by the leadership of this highly experienced and intelligent epidemiologist. His enthusiasm for helping the low-income and indigent citizens is unsurpassed. This man retired and decided to spend his retirement, not golfing, or beachcombing, or traveling, he elected to spend his retirement helping the low-income and indigent citizens of this county. His goal is a simple one to hope for, but very difficult to achieve: Provide much needed healthcare to the very people that needed it most but it was furthest from their reach. This man had a vision and saw it through: expand a health department to offer healthcare services normally unavailable to the less fortunate: 1) board certified pediatrician-fulltime; 2) board certified internist-fulltime, 3) primary care dentist-fulltime, 4) mobile dentist at the schools-fulltime. All of the citizens of this county now have superior healthcare readily available to them, financially stable or not, because of the vision and fortitude of this man.
This incredible man is Jack Griffith, PhD, Health Director Pender County Health Department. Just the thought of this man doing anything less than professional is absurd and grossly inaccurate. The health department is a building where the vast majority of staff love their jobs and do what it takes to ensure that the public receives the outstanding care and service that they so richly deserve.
Dr. Jack Griffith, I salute you; I appreciate you; I respect you. Thank you for all that you have done for the citizens of Pender County.
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