PITTSBURG, Kan. — Crawford County Public Well being Officer Dr. Timothy Stebbins was honored this week by Gov. Laura Kelly because the Public Well being Hero of the week.
Kelly and her administration started this system in December of 2020 as a method of “recognizing and highlighting the efforts of native well being professionals through the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Stebbins has been integral to the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been serving as the Crawford County public well being officer since June of final 12 months after then-Public Well being Officer and Well being Division Director Rebecca Adamson resigned.
Along with his duties with the county, Stebbins serves as the top of the emergency division for Ascension Through Christi Hospital in Pittsburg and was just lately appointed to go the hospital system’s emergency response in Manhattan and Fort Scott along with Pittsburg.
At Friday’s Crawford County Fee assembly, varied county well being officers praised Stebbins for his work and dedication to the group, though he was not in attendance due his different duties with Through Christi.
“It is good for him to get the popularity for all of the exhausting work he’s doing,” mentioned Crawford County Psychological Well being Heart Government Administrator Michael Ehling.
Janis Goedeke, who up till just lately was the county’s well being division director, adopted up saying Stebbins is “very humble about this.”
“He certainty may be very honored,” Goedeke mentioned. “He tries to offer the credit score to others, however we all know that he’s a powerful chief for us, and we’re so grateful for his management.”
The Crawford County Commissioners additionally praised Stebbins for his work.
“We’re actually blessed to need to him,” Commissioner Bruce Blair mentioned.
Stebbins, who was appointed as the general public well being officer on a short lived foundation, will likely be holding the place till June of 2021, at which era the county will appoint somebody new.