The Logan County Health District conducted their monthly meeting Wednesday afternoon. A crowded, routine agenda was highlighted by an evaluation of a procedural change.
Since the beginning of the year, the Women Infants and Children Clinic (WIC) stopped accepting appointments. Instead, patients are being seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is believed that Logan County has the only health district in the state seeing patients this way.
The change came after an extensive study that indicated, on the average, 50% of scheduled appointments were not being kept. Staff was not being effectively used because of the inconsistent attendance. WIC supervisor Christina Bramlage is so excited about this new process that she hopes the district never goes back to the previous scheduling methods.
Bramlage encourages patients to come early in the morning (before 9 if possible) and during the middle of the month. The highest traffic is in the middle of the day at the beginning and the end of the month.
The board approved the following:
- The positive evaluations of home health supervisor Jennifer Wren and nurse Christy Brannon.
- Environmental supervisor Craig Kauffman’s recommendations. These include demolition of property owned by Helen and Lucy Neeley; two properties that will be considered for demolition at the next meeting; accepted four bids for variances and declined two others and two recommendations to have solid waste removed within the next 7 days.
- The resignation of Angel Walker and the transfer of Paige O’Neil Tester to take Walker’s spot. Tester’s old spot will have to be filled.
- The acceptance of two grants: a $250 from Community Connections/Operation Round Up and a $76, 497 Public Health Emergency Preparedness grant for 2014. The public emergency grant began in lieu of 9/11. The amount decreases each year as the district proves its ability to handle crisis situations.
Administrator Lisa Downing reviewed the results of the audit for years 2011 and 2012. The audit cited the district for two accounting procedural deficiencies. The “deficiencies” were in place and noticed in past audits but recent revised code interpretations required the two issues to be addressed.
The board will next meet on August 7th at 1:00 p.m.
Bramlage talks about the success of the new scheduling.