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Hope Ramsey Recognized for Exemplary Service

By Cassandra Harris

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S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control employee Hope Ramsey joined a small group of her peers last month for a public service recognition lunch with Governor Nikki Haley. Director of the agency’s Accounts Receivable Division, Ramsey was recognized for her outstanding leadership, teamwork, and customer service.

A valued member of our Budget and Finance Management team, Ramsey recently played a pivotal role in the roll-out and rewriting of the new private pay system—making it easier and more user-friendly to operate. The automated private pay system was developed to put into place more effective internal controls for the receipting and financial reporting of monies taken in by our programs at each health department site statewide. Both preventative controls and detective controls have been incorporated into the automated private pay system. In addition, she was involved in the integration testing of the system, training DHEC staff from across the state on how to use new application.

When asked about her work at DHEC, Ramsey said— “I enjoy working and leading my current team. I take pride in the work that we do. I love my job. Enjoying what you do makes it a lot easier to get up and come to work every morning.”

Holding over 16 years of experience at the agency, Ramsey started with DHEC as a Fiscal Tech I, working in various positions to her current role as division director. An exemplary team leader, Ramsey leads by example, setting strong standards and values for her team.

Thanks to Ramsey and all of the members of our Accounts Receivable Division team for your continued efforts to help serve our agency and the state.

DHEC Drug Control Inspector Wins J.P. Strom Award

By Betsy Crick

J P Strom

Pictured above: Hubert Harrell, Director of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy; Inspector Heather Diebold, Bureau of Drug Control; and Pam Hucks, Bureau of Drug Control Coastal District Director.

One of our DHEC Drug Control Inspectors, Heather Diebold, won the prestigious J.P. Strom award at her graduation from the Law Enforcement Academy on July 17.  Inspector Diebold received the J.P. Strom award from Director Harrell of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy during the graduation ceremony of Basic Law Class 634.  The Basic Law class is an intensive 12-week course to become a certified Class 1 Law Enforcement Officer.

The J.P. Strom Award is given to the student in each class who attains the highest cumulative academic score for all unit tests. A minimum 96% average must be achieved in order to qualify for the award.

For more information about DHEC’s Bureau of Drug Control, please visit our website.

DHEC 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

By Jamie Shuster

















Shelly Kelly, DHEC Director of Health Regulation, presenting the DHEC 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to Angela Wallace

Angela Wallace has been named the DHEC 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  She has worked in the Bureau of Drug Control since 2002, and has recently been assigned to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program as the law enforcement investigator/educator.

Angie has been instrumental in educating both new and seasoned inspectors on how to approach drug diversion cases. I’m proud to say that she’s also been involved in complex investigations in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and her efforts have resulted in numerous arrests and convictions.

Angie always goes the extra mile and makes herself available as an expert in both proper pharmacy practices and current trends in pharmaceutical trafficking. Her familiarity with drug trafficking trends has proven to be extremely valuable in identifying organized pharmaceutical drug diversion operations.

Congrats to Angie on this special achievement!  DHEC is fortunate to have such talent within our agency.

To learn more about DHEC’s Bureau of Drug Control, including prescription monitoring and site inspections, please visit our website.

DHEC Receives Two National GIS Awards

By Betsy Crick


Pictured from left to right:  Seth Church, Elzbieta Covington, Wes Askew, Jeannie Eidson, Craig Linn, and Phil Weinbach.  (Not pictured – Josh Boulware, who works out of DHEC’s Ocean and Coastal Resource Management office) 

DHEC’s Division of Enterprise Applications, led by GIS Section Manager Philip Weinbach, was recently recognized at The Public Technology Institute (PTI) Smart Cities and Counties Summit with a 2015 PTI GIS Vision Award​.  A geographic information system (GIS) helps individuals visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. This prestigious, annual award is presented to outstanding individuals from within local and state government who have demonstrated a leadership role in GIS tools and sharing of GIS data across boundaries.

According to PTI Executive Director Alan Shark, “DHEC, along with the other award recipients, understand how to better serve and protect the public, and to enhance real-time decision-making through the use of GIS tools and data.  Individuals who are recognized as GIS Vision Award recipients have contributed to advancing enterprise-wide GIS, articulated a clear vision and recognized innovation, demonstrated leadership, and served as a champion for the use of GIS across and within the city, county and state.  I congratulate you for your leadership and for your vision!”

DHEC has also been selected to receive a Special Achievement in GIS award at the 2015 Esri User Conference.  Esri inspires and enables people to positively impact the future through a deeper, geographic understanding of the changing world around them.  The Special Achievement in GIS award is given to user sites around the world to recognize outstanding work with GIS technology.  DHEC stood out from more than 100,000 others in receiving this award.  ​

The GIS Section at DHEC has made great strides in developing many publicly available applications using the JavaScript programming language.  These applications are mobile ready and work across platforms, iOS and Android.  The team has worked closely with program areas to add interactive mapping to our website​, which includes topics such as air monitoring, permits and planning, public health, water resources, and much more.

Congratulations to our entire GIS team for these outstanding accomplishments!