Tracy Miller has been named the new state epidemiologist with the North Dakota Department of Health.
Miller joined the department of health in 1998 as the field epidemiologist in Minot. She was promoted to Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity program manager and most recently to senior epidemiologist in 2005.
As state epidemiologist, Miller will take the lead in coordinating and conducting the surveillance and investigation of communicable and infectious diseases in North Dakota.
Miller earned her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Mary and her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota. She is currently a doctoral candidate with Walden University.
State Hospital accredited
The North Dakota State Hospital, which is part of the North Dakota Department of Human Services, received full Joint Commission Accreditation for its hospital and behavioral health care programs following on-site survey reviews in Jamestown in May and August.
The accreditation and certification for Medicare and Medicaid assures the public that the State Hospital meets required standards for quality, patient safety, and the care environment.
The commission reviewers commended hospital staff for the quality of care they provide daily to about 120 people receiving inpatient mental health and addiction treatment services.
The hospital is providing treatment and evaluation services to about 59 patients in the secure services unit for civilly-committed sexually dangerous individuals, and provides addiction treatment services on-site to about 84 people under the care and supervision of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.