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Accreditation for health district behind schedule PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 13 July 2013 08:24
Wood County Health District is moving toward accreditation, though progress has been slow and may not be complete by the end of the year as first planned.
Staff members have been working to organize the great amount of required documentation, but it's "a tough road," Director of Nursing Ben Batey told the board Thursday.
"We're not quite there yet," Batey said of attempts to determine what needs to be gathered over the next five months. "Some of the things they want to see, we've never done."
Batey said a new billing system the district just implemented should make some data easier to gather from now on.
Batey also reported a series of meetings designed to determine and focus on key health issues in the county are ongoing. The next meeting is July 24 and is open to those with any health organization who have input on prioritizing issues.
The board also struck from Thursday's agenda an item regarding hourly wages for management. The measure was also removed from the June agenda.
The board entered executive session for about 30 minutes to discuss an individual employee; no action was taken.
In other business, the board:
• Accepted a roof repair and replacement quote of $157,283.25 from WTI. The contract will be paid by Wood County Commissioners and billed to the health district.
• Agreed to purchase liability insurance for the board until other insurance takes effect. Cost is $3,000 per year.
• Approved personnel items including appointing Leslie Madaras as a public health nurse II; Lindsay Slater to the new position of account clerk IV billing specialist; and Laura Young as a home health aide.
• Contracted with Margie Harris as a family support specialist at $15.50 per hour with a maximum contract of $12,000 per year.
• Amended a total of $241,300 in appropriations and $75,000 in additional estimated resources.
• Approved facility agreements in Northwood, Bradner, North Baltimore and Perrysburg Heights.

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