Thursday, May 18, 2017 – The Worcester County Commissioners announce the appointment of Rebecca L. Jones, RN, BSN, MSN, as incoming Health Officer. She will step into her new role in late June following the retirement of longtime Health Officer Debbie Goeller.
“Becky has demonstrated her strong commitment to improving and protecting the health of Worcester County,” Goeller said. “She is a compassionate and respected leader who will serve the public health needs of the community well.”
Jones is a dedicated and service-oriented Nurse Program Manager, with 16 years of experience in community health with the Worcester County Health Department and with a demonstrated history of setting standards to ensure that the programs and services her organization provides are responsive to the needs of area residents.
“I am grateful to the Worcester County Commissioners for extending me this opportunity to serve as Health Officer,” Jones said. “The Worcester County Health Department is an amazing organization that has assembled some of the most outstanding professionals that I have ever met. It is with humility and enthusiasm that I now assume the reigns from Debbie Goeller, one of the most remarkable leaders that I have had the privilege of knowing.”
During her time with the Health Department, Jones has headed up a number of programs. She is the current Nurse Program Manager for Adult Services and Director of the Maryland Access Point for Worcester County, which offers County residents a single point of access to long-term support services through the Health Department, Social Services and Commission on Aging (COA). She previously served as the Community Health Nurse Supervisor.
Jones is a Salisbury University graduate, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, with a minor in Psychology, in 1996 and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing-Leadership in 2008. Her areas of expertise include leadership and systems training, policy development, and program and financial planning and management. She currently represents the Health Department on the Worcester County Commission on Aging Board of Directors. She is part of the outstanding Care Coordination Team whose standard of excellence and innovation earned the Worcester County Health Department national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board in 2014, making it one of the first two health departments to be accredited in Maryland, and the Team Innovation Award for 2016 from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Jones and her husband, Lewis, have been married for 20 years. They have one daughter.