Health department director, staff recognized for work during pandemic – Port Arthur News


Judith Smith left the Bob Bowers Civic Middle Thursday wanting just like the most-awarded musician on the Grammys.

The director of the Port Arthur Well being Division knew she and her workers could be honored on the Rotary Membership assembly that day. However what she didn’t know was she’d in the end be acknowledged with 4 awards.

Every one was properly deserved.

Brad Corley, with Cosmopolitan Lodge No. 172, offered Smith with the Neighborhood Builder Award. Russell Buss, who belongs to each organizations, selected her for the annual recognition.

“The Neighborhood Builder Award has been designed to allow a Mason lodge to acknowledge an impressive non-Mason who has distinguished themselves via the service to a group; native, state or nationwide authorities; to their church, synagogue or to humanity,” Corley defined to the group earlier than calling Smith to the entrance of the room. “It’s certainly my honor and privilege to signify Cosmopolitan Lodge to make this presentation to you at the moment.”

Brad Corley, with Cosmopolitan Lodge No. 172, presents Smith with the Neighborhood Builder Award as her husband, Dallas Smith, claps. (Monique Batson/The Information)

However along with the glass plaque, the Lodge awarded her with a framed certificates.

She was given a proclamation by the Jefferson County Commissioners thanking her and her workers.

And Mayor Professional Tem Charlotte Moses additionally offered her with a proclamation from the Metropolis of Port Arthur, whose council members all attended the occasion in assist.

“Judith is all the time prepared for the duty,” Moses stated as she learn the doc, “and we’re proud to current her with this proclamation, as she is greater than worthy of this honor.”

Dr. Johnny Brown, president of the Rotary Membership, remarked on the special day.

“Judith Smith believes from the center, quietly and successfully. And I’m simply so very happy with you,” Brown stated.

Smith, humble as all the time, spoke not of herself however of her workers — calling every by identify, whether or not or not they have been in attendance.

“The very first thing I’ve to say is to God be the glory,” Smith informed the group after receiving the numerous awards. “I’ve been on the Port Arthur Well being Division for a few years; and from time to time there’s one thing that is available in your path that you don’t have any thought what to do with or the right way to do it. And so each single factor that I petitioned and requested God for, he gave it to me. And never simply to me, however to my workers.”

A wholesome historical past

Smith graduated from Lamar College in 1979 and has labored as a registered nurse for 41 years. She started her time with the Port Arthur Well being Division in 1983, working as a nurse within the immunization clinic. In 2016, she additionally earned a doctorate in theology.

In 2013, she was named director of the well being division that serves residents in Port Arthur, Nederland, Port Neches and Groves.

In March 2020, Smith joined different leaders to assist create and run a mass testing web site at Jack Brooks Regional Airport, opening vaccinations as much as residents quickly after via a hub on the Bob Bowers Civic Middle. That hub continues to be in operation, however has since moved to the Texas Artists Museum constructing subsequent to the Civic Middle.

Smith and her husband have two youngsters and one grandchild.

She can also be a Rotarian.


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