Antelope Memorial Hospital Wellness Department won the 2014 Dr. Richard Raymond Public Health Champion Award.
The award was received at the North Central District Health Department's annual banquet in O'Neill on Friday night.
Last year's recipient, Scott Poese of KBRX, presented the award to AMH Wellness staff members, Kellie Gossman, Natalie McKillip and Cassie Schindler.
The honor recognizes individuals and organizations who "exemplify exceptional achievement and outstanding leadership and contribute to the advancement of the community's health." The AMH Wellness Department was nominated for the award by Jennifer Higgins of Neligh.
Click here to read the nomination letter.
Two awards were presented--one for an individual and one for an organization. Veta Hungerford, a public health nurse and health educator for the NCDHD, was the recipient for an individual.
The awards were named for Dr. Raymond, a family physician in O'Neill for 17 years, who was later appointed Nebraska's Chief Medical Officer. He directed many public health programs and played an integral role in developing the criteria for multi-county health districts, including NCDHD.
In addition to the award presentation, the event featured a meal and a "Spin-tacular Basketball Show" by the Bruce Crevier family. Crevier holds the endurance record for basketball spinning and the group was recently featured on the television show, "America's Got Talent."