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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
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Retirement Open House for Barb Dobulis, longtime health department nurse,
set for 2:00 PM August 23 at Charlevoix Senior Center

(August 17, 2007) Barb Dobulis, longtime home visiting nurse, will be honored on her retirement from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at an Open House 2-4:00 PM on Thursday, August 23 at the Charlevoix Senior Center. Her patients, their families, and other members of the community are all invited to wish Barb, and her husband John, well before they leave the area for retirement in Florida.

“We had to do something special for Barb, and for John,” said Lynda Bockstahler, Director of Home Care & Aging division of the Health Department. “They have both been so committed to our programs, including serving on the Board of Directors for Hospice of Northwest Michigan, our hospice program.”

Dobulis, a registered nurse, has worked for the Health Department since 1984, providing thousands of visits to hundreds of patients, mostly in Boyne City and Charlevoix. “If I were to design the perfect home health and hospice nurse, Barb would be the model,” said Bockstahler. “She does whatever it takes to ensure care and comfort for all of her home health and hospice clients–plus her professional clinical skills are excellent, she’s a team player, and she’s always willing to mentor less experienced nurses.”

Dobulis was drawn to nursing as a child. “I thank God because he blessed me with the nursing profession,” she said. “I’ve met so many beautiful people throughout my career and my co-workers are the very best.”

Educated at Delta College in Saginaw, Michigan, Dobulis worked in hospital settings in Saginaw and Cadillac before settling in Charlevoix.

“I’ve really enjoyed my work at the Health Department. I am going to miss it,” said Dobulis.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information about the Dobulis Open House, contact Joan Duckworth at 231-547-6092.