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Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 13 December 2013 11:05
With a laundry list challenges facing the health center in 2014 following its receipt of a federal grant, the Wood County Board of Health voted to otherwise clear the plate of the center's CEO.
Ben Batey, CEO of the Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center, is also director of nursing for the health district. The health center received a Health Resources and Services Administration grant last month that will award $787,500 next year, $650,000 in 2015 and has the potential to be a permanent source of funding.
But with the award comes some strings. As the health center is expected to increase both its services and client load, additional clinic space is needed, requiring a reorganization within the health district building, and eventually an expansion.
Batey said during the meeting he will meet with representatives of Poggemeyer Design Group on Monday to begin planning the expansion.
With Batey attending to such tasks, the board voted to release him from nursing director duties from Dec. 1 through March 31 and appointed Amy Jones to the interim position. Jones, who has previously served in the position, will earn $64,116.
The change was met with other personnel moves, with the board also appointing a new medical director and the transfer of several employees to vacant positions.
Michael Lemon will be medical director in 2014, with current medical director Steve Dood shifting to assistant medical director. Jackie Mears transferred from Help Me Grow coordinator to public health nurse II, the opening the result of Renee Bayes transitioning to a part-time position. Also, secretary Deb Hostottle will become grants and accounting manager.
Two training requests were also approved Thursday. Employees and managers will go through legal training on harassment, social media, bullying and other issues on Jan. 30, to be provided by the Fishel and Haas law firm of Columbus for $1,250. A former health district supervisor, Bill Ault, who was director of administration, was fired in September after his subordinates filed complaints of harassment and a hostile work environment.
As part of the health center improvements, Batey and three other employees will train in Bethesda, Md. from Jan. 22 through Jan. 24. The health district will pay for lodging and travel, with grant funds providing reimbursement.
The board also approved:
• A contract with E3Rx Inc. for pharmacy consulting services at $100 per hour within the health district and $125 per hour at other locations. Batey said the consultant is used for several hours about once per week.
• Arrangements to exchange services with the Ottawa County General Health Department to help determine Wood County's cost methodology for environmental health services as required by the Ohio Department of Health. The contract is for $35 per hour not to exceed $2,800, and possible mileage reimbursement. Wood County will provide epidemiology services for Ottawa County through June 30, not to exceed $5,000.
• A contract with S&S Cleaning for $1,860 per month for cleaning services. Health Commissioner Pam Butler said the deal includes a 1.1-percent raise, as the contractor has been providing services for at least seven years without an increase.
• A $565 door kit to install a window in the door leading into the environmental health division. Butler said a suggestion was made that the door could injure a customer, and the kit was less expensive than purchasing a new door.

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