Retiring county nursing supervisor known as 'a wealth of knowledge'

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Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Sancee Siebold is retiring after almost 30 years of service to the Rock County Public Health Department. She said she loved the variety of her job duties and the many people she got to meet.

BELOIT - It can be difficult to say goodbye to a workplace of almost 30 years, but Rock County Public Health Department Nursing Supervisor Sancee Siebold is getting ready to do it. In an interview on Thursday, she was packing up her stuff in preparation for retirement. Her last day will be Sept. 22.

"I enjoyed the people I was working with and the type of job it was, the variety. No day was the same," Siebold said.

Siebold of Rockford said she always wanted to make a difference in people's lives and nursing was a great way to do it. With a teaching heart, she always liked guiding and encouraging other nurses.

Siebold received her bachelor's of science and nursing degree from Northern Illinois University and a masters of science degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. She had her first taste of nursing in the 1970s at Rockford hospitals. She also dabbled in home nursing and had a stint of nursing in California. She later worked at the Winnebago County Health Department before moving to Rock County Public Health Department's Janesville site in 1988 as a staff nurse. In 2009, she became a public health nurse supervisor.

Rock County Public Health Department Health Officer Noel Sandoval said Siebold has been a steady anchor for the nursing staff during the many changes at the department over the years.

"She has a wealth of knowledge and has been a good go-to person for staff," Sandoval said. "She's been an integral part of the department because she oversaw the Beloit office and contributed to its success."

Sandoval said Siebold started the department's successful travel vaccine program and was one of the two people who launched the tattoo facility inspection program. Siebold also oversaw the HIV Partner Services Program, and provided critical leadership in 2009 during the H1N1 flu scare. Sandoval described Siebold as being dedicated, hardworking and able to provide a calming influence.

"She's also a genuinely good person. She cares about public health, and I am sure she will continue to contribute to the health of Rock County in some shape or form during her retirement," Sandoval said.

Siebold said there were no computers when she first started at the department. That quickly changed. Public health continued to evolve over the years as it focused more on collaborating with hospital systems and other community agencies.

Siebold said it was a good time for her to retire. After the health department filled the nursing supervisor vacancy formerly held by Deb Erickson, it found other potential candidates which might be able to fill the position of Siebold.

After retirement, Siebold hopes to do some more traveling and volunteer helping adults and children learn to read. She also plans to attend more Beloit Civic Theater productions.

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