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Health dept. closer to accreditation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 14 June 2013 10:56
Accreditation, personnel issues and creation of a records commission occupied commissioners of the Wood County Board of Health Thursday night.
In answer to a question from board member Richard Strow about the progress of accreditation, Director of Nursing Services Ben Batey said the staff is "ramping up our efforts on documentation." Batey said the plan is to have much of the information gathered by the end of June. The information will be reviewed to determine it is the best available. By the end of October the application should be read for a final internal review so that it can be submitted by the January deadline.
Batey said having the health department accredited will likely be a key to being successful with future grant applications.
"The number of accredited boards is very small, probably under 100 nationally," board Chairperson Dr. Fleming Fallon said. "This puts us at the forefront of a movement toward accreditation. Without it in the long term we may move to the back of the line when it comes to getting grants. It will be more important as we move forward," he added.
Batey also reported that usage of the clinic continues to be high and that staff efforts to improve the amount of payments received from medical insurance companies is paying off. "We are seeing higher month-over-month amounts."
The board also:
•    Approved making Dr. Steve Dood assistant medical director of the health district and chief medical officer of the Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center, effective for all of 2013. Dood had been filling the assistant medical director post as an independent contractor since Jan. 1. He will be paid $1,248 biweekly and $100 per hour based on time worked in his role as CMO of the health and wellness center.
•    Approved the July 5 resignation of Jacque Varty, sanitarian, who has been the department since 2001, and also approved seeking a replacement. Fallon said Varty "has done an especially good job and was a leader among his peers."
•    Created the records commission following a ruling of the Ohio Attorney General that the district does not fall under the Wood County Records Commission. The board chairperson, the board's finance committee chairperson and a representative from the county prosecutor's office will sit on the board.
•    Removed from the agenda, at the direction of Fallon, a resolution to set "management team hourly wage rates" that would have been effective July 1.

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