RIVERSIDE – Riverside University Health System Public Health has been awarded national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board. “The designation affirms much of what we have always known at Public Health,” Kim Saruwatari, director of the 650-employee department, said. “The doctors, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, lab technicians, epidemiologists, support staff and so many others who make up the Public Health staff are hardworking, professional and compassionate. They are the heart and soul of the department and this recognition reinforces that idea. “The programs that the Health Department provides, everything from immunizations to nutrition services, improves the health of the community and that is reflected thought this accreditation,” she said.