News :: Cindy Jones awarded Governor Award


newsGovernor's Award Winner Cindy Jones from SWVMHI


To:Central Office Staff
DBHDS Facility Directors
SWVMHI Staff     


Cindy JonesIt is a pleasure to announce that Cindy Jones, infection control coordinator from Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute (SWVMHI), has won the 2011 Governor’s Award for Public Service for Workplace Safety and Health. She is being recognized today at the Governor’s Mansion for her exceptional achievements in promoting a safe and healthy work environment at SWVMHI.


On a daily basis, Cindy demonstrates extraordinary innovation in her efforts to educate staff and patients on the small things they can do that will make a big difference controlling and reducing infections at the facility. The many programs and plans she has developed have proven to be extremely effective, whether it is preventing a serious outbreak of gastroenteritis, decreasing the chances of MRSA infections among both patients and staff, or minimizing risk of exposure to contaminated needles. In fact, the Joint Commission recognized her creativity and effectiveness in developing and implementing such programs by indicating its intent to share her efforts as model programs with other providers.


Cindy is one of seven among nearly 102,000 state employees to be recognized for her outstanding contributions in service to Virginia. I am very pleased that the Governor has recognized her for her many accomplishments in making SWVMHI a safer environment for employees and for those we serve.


So many excellent nominations were submitted for the Governor’s Award this year. We are fortunate to have such qualified and dedicated staff throughout our system and I am grateful for the efforts of all DBHDS employees every day. Thank you for all that you do to make life fuller for individuals with mental illness, substance-use disorders and developmental disabilities across the Commonwealth.


And again, congratulations to Cindy!


James W. Stewart, III
Department of Behavioral Health
& Developmental Services
P.O. Box 1797
Richmond, Virginia 23218-1797
(804) 786-3921 (office)
(804) 371-6638 (fax)