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Gaston County Board of Commissioners Named as 2019 Healthy Gaston VIP Award Winners

On Tuesday, November 12th, the Gaston County Board of Commissioners received the Healthy Gaston VIP Award at the Gaston Together Healthcare Commission’s Annual Meeting at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. The award is given to an individual or group who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to have a positive impact on the health of the citizens of Gaston County.

The Healthcare Commission selected the Board of Commissioners as this year’s winner because of their passing of the county-wide tobacco rule that will go into effect next July. “This year’s winner is an excellent example of how leaders can use their power to create long-lasting and impactful change within their community,” shared Healthcare Commission Chair Andrew Schrag. “Through the Commissioners’ forward-thinking leadership, they have clearly placed a priority on the health of our current citizens and future generations to come.”

  “As County Commissioners, we aspire to do everything within our power to assure the health and wellbeing of our citizens,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman Tracy Philbeck. “We appreciate the support of the Gaston Together Healthcare Commission and look forward to seeing this important piece of legislation go into effect next year!”

 “It has been an honor and a privilege to bring this policy to the table,” shared Gaston County Commissioner Chad Brown. “I’m excited about what this ordinance will mean to Gaston County’s future generations.”

Find out more information about the Gaston County Tobacco Rule by visiting

The Gaston Together Healthcare Commission (GTHC) is made up of an advisory board representing more than 30 public and private organizations. Its goal is to create a “culture of wellness” in Gaston County.

Board of County Commissioners Vice-Chair Chad Brown accepts the Healthy Gaston VIP Award from Gaston Together Healthcare Commission Chair Andrew Schrag.