BCHD appoints medical director

Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Kelly Shuler, of Ozark Tri-County Health Care, to the position of county medical director at its regularly scheduled meeting on May 24.

"Dr. Shuler understands the preventative nature of the work we do here at the health department," said Kathleen King, Barry County Health Department administrator. "At the clinic she offers the same type of community health that we do through the county department."

Shuler received her bachelor of science degree in biology from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz. She completed her medical training at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has been practicing at Ozark Tri-County Health Care since July of 2005.

As the Barry County Health Department medical director, Shuler will provide oversight for clinical services and review health department protocols to allow registered nurses to work without direct supervision.

In new business, the board discussed amending a county ordinance in order to place stricter consequences on individuals who knowingly violate wastewater regulations.

"We need to get more intense with this issue," said John Starchman, board chairman. "Right now there is no real penalty for violations."

Under current policy, the health department sends a notice of violation to the property owner when a violation is discovered. If the violation is not corrected within 30 days, a second notice is sent to the property owner.

If the violation is not corrected within 10 days of the second notice, a flag is placed on the property deed and the violation is submitted to the prosecuting attorney.

"The prosecuting attorney is very busy with criminal cases and our consequences are not strong enough,"?said Starchman. "We need to look at changing our fines and penalties in order to cause people to want to make repairs."

Starchman asked King to research the issue and present the board with ideas for possible changes at the next regularly scheduled meeting. If changes are made, a revised ordinance will be presented to the Barry County Commission for approval.

In other business, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees:

• Heard an update on the department's building project.

•?Reviewed the board of trustees by-laws.

•?Accepted the resignation of Don Pierpont, environmental public health specialist.

• Voted to employ Yadira Gonzalez Salas as a bilingual clerk.

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