Cartersville, GA: Maria Floyd, RN, a Bartow County Health Department nurse for the past seventeen years, received the prestigious Ruth B. Freeman Award for Population Health Practice at the recent Georgia Public Health Association annual meeting in Atlanta. The award is given annually to a Georgia public health nurse in recognition of continued excellence in community-based public health practice.
“Through her many years of working in disease prevention and health promotion,” said Bartow County Health Department Nurse Manager Cathy Green, “Maria has had a tremendous impact on the community health of our county. Population-based preventive healthcare is the core function of public health, and Bartow County is blessed to have had such a skilled practitioner to help improve the health of all our citizens.”
Floyd began her nursing career as an Intensive Care Unit nurse at Redmond Regional Hospital in Rome. She received her nursing degree from Georgia Highlands College and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing. She has received many other awards during her distinguished public health career, including the Dorothy Barfield Award for nursing excellence and the Maternal Child Health Award.
Photo caption: Bartow County Health Department Nurse Maria Floyd (l) receives award from Georgia Public Health Association President Deborah Riner.