Dr. Martell comes to the WCHD with over 25 years of public health experience including recently serving as the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), Interim Chief Operating Officer (COO).  As the Interim Chief Operating Officer for the Cook County Department of Public Health, Dr. Martell and her 300 public health staff members provided services to over 2.6 million people.  She was instrumental in

Implementing a 5 year agency strategic plan to address local public health concerns:
Developing budgets and grant applications to support strategic initiatives
Initiating the process for national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) for the CCDPH
Establishing internal quality controls relative to outcome and performance management
Developing protocols and systems for emergency preparedness

Prior to serving as Interim COO, Dr. Martell served as the Director of Integrated Health Support Services and Chief Nursing Officer within CCDPH.

Dr. Martell holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and a Master of Science Degree in Public Health Nursing / Family Nurse Practitioner, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Loyola University of Chicago.  

Dr. Sandra Martell will only be the third Public Health Administrator for the Department since 1971 when the City of Rockford Health Department and the Winnebago County Health Department merged to become one agency.