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Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:14
Ben Batey, director of nursing, and Brad Espen, director of environmental health, gave Wood County Health Department updates at Thursday’s District Advisory Council meeting.
Word of mouth for community nursing assistance is vital to the organization, Batey stated.
“There’s no reason why anyone in Wood County should not receive primary care,” he said.
The department’s Help Me Grow program for developmentally delayed children age 0-3 saw 279 clients last year; WIC had 6,294 home visits; and the personal care program for seniors over the age of 60 logged 76 clients.
The Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps Program saw 676 clients and the Center for Child Development had 292 new clients.
The health center immunized 5,746 adults and children, had 87 clients in its prenatal program, saw 451 clients in its primary care program, and had 449 clients through its reproductive health program.
The Community Health and Wellness Center is one of three in the state to be designated as a look-alike program, which allows for enhanced reimbursements for services.
Anyone in the county with no insurance or who is under-insured, or has no primary physician, “should come to us,” he concluded.
“You don’t know we exist until you actually need us,” said Pam Butler, Wood County Health commissioner.
The goal for 2013 is to increase the number of patients and home visits, Batey added.
Espen reported his department demolished 10 structures in 2012, and by using a $700,000 Moving Ohio Forward grant, it has 14 planned for this year.
His department also has discontinued its manufactured home park program, and transferred authority for licensure and inspection for the Ohio Manufactured Home Commission.
Also at the meeting, Brendyn George was re-elected as DAC chairman; Rita Foos was appointed as food service representative and Mark Sauber was appointed the swimming pool/spa representative, both for the health district licensing council. Foos will serve four years and Sauber will serve five.
A representative is still needed from a tattoo/body piercing establishment in the county.
The District Advisory Council is charged with appointing members to the board of health.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:17

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