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May 23, 2012
Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
               Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

Diana Reetz-Stacey of Missoula to be honored with annual Bette Bohlinger Leadership Award

Diana Reetz-Stacey, Senior Community Health Specialist with the Missoula City/County Health Department will be awarded the annual 2012 Bette Bohlinger Leadership Award Thursday, May 24 at the Montana Cancer Control Coalition (MTCCC) Statewide Meeting held at St. Patrick’s Hospital’s Learning Center in Missoula. 
                                                                 
Lt. Governor John Bohlinger will present the award to Reetz-Stacey at noon.

Reetz-Stacey has worked at the Missoula City/County Health Department since November 2010 after receiving her Master’s degree in social work. She has led the Palliative Care Workgroup within the MTCCC over the past year, bringing people together to promote inpatient and outpatient palliative and end-of-life care. She is also a member of the MTCCC. 

“Diana does exceptional work and I am so proud that she has been chosen as this years’ recipient,” said Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger. “She is a great embassador for the Cancer Control Coalition.”

Reetz-Stacey joins previous recipients Cheryl Hackett in 2011, Dr. Thomas Purcell in 2010, Betsy Smith in 2009, Sue Warren in 2008, Rita McDonald in 2007, and Dr. Barbara Lloyd in 2006.

“I've had the privilege of working with amazing groups of dedicated, capable and passionate co-workers, health practitioners, fundraisers, social workers, survivors and others,” said Reetz-Stacey.

Bette Bohlinger died of acute myeloid leukemia in 2006 and following her passing the MTCCC created the award to honor an exceptional individual or organization that encourages, inspires, and leads others within the group. 

The MTCCC coalition, in partnership with DPHHS, was created in 2003 to educate Montana residents about cancer prevention. The group is comprised of dozens of organizations and over 180 state health advocates with the common mission to reduce the overall burden of cancer for Montanans.

The MTCCC will hold its annual statewide meeting Thursday, May 24, 2012 at St. Patrick’s Hospital Learning Center in Missoula from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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