Long-time resident tapped for national board

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Ginger Carpenter, a long-time St. Maries resident, is one of 21 people chosen from across the country to serve on an advisory committee that provides recommendations on rural health and human services issues.

The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services was created in 1987 to advise the Secretary of the Department of Heath and Human Services on ways to address health care problems in ruralAmerica. The group meets four times each year.

Ms. Carpenter was chosen because of her expertise in nursing, health administration and her experience working with the Human Resources and Service Administration.

Ginger Carpenter was appointed to a national rural health advisory board last month. She is one of 21 members who will serve a four-year term on the committee.

She has worked in rural health since 1985. She began her career working at Benewah Community Hospital as a nurse, and after receiving her master’s in administration from Gonzaga University, she worked for Benewah Medical Center. In 2010 she became a nursing instructor at North Idaho College. She now teaches the certified nursing assistant class at Valley Vista Care.

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