Barry County Health Board reviews service information

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Barry County Health Department offered around 2 percent more services to area residents in 2011 than were offered in 2010. The county health department board of trustees reviewed the service counts during its monthly meeting on Jan. 19.

The total number of services increased by 489 from 21,445 in 2010 to 21,934 in 2011. Although the number of services offered at the Monett office increased significantly, the number of services offered at the Cassville office decreased by nearly 1.5 percent.

The Cassville office offered 11,881 services in 2010 and 11,714 services in 2011. Service count numbers decreased in the following areas: immunizations, vital records and lead testing.

The Monett office offered 656 more services last year. The number of services increased from 9,564 in 2010 to 10,220 in 2011. Although Monett's service counts increased overall, immunizations, vital records and TB medication counts decreased.

The health board also reviewed the 2011 service fees, which increased 6.58 percent over the amount collected in 2010. Last year, the department collected $52,993.70 in service fees. This included $31,713.87 in fees for flu vaccinations.

John Starchman, health board chairman, commended Roger Brock, health department administrator, and Nancy Boyd, executive assistant, for helping the department save revenue this year.

"Roger and Nancy did an outstanding job of managing the money this year," said Starchman. "We will end the year with a surplus, which we will likely use this year due to funding cuts."

The board approved the 2011 budget report, which showed that the department ended the year with a surplus of $106,307.39.

During the meeting, Brock reported that Gov. Jay Nixon has proposed $2 million in cuts to the state core public health contract for the fiscal year that will begin on June 1.

"That is a significant number to public health," said Brock. "This could mean as much as a 27 percent cut in core funding for our department, which would be $12,800.

"That is just one contract," said Brock. "We don't know what else will be placed on the chopping block. We feel we can survive this cut, but if other contracts are cut, we will have to see where we are. We may have to tighten our budget even more than we already have."

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

* Heard the administrative report.

* Approved the environmental report, which showed that 92 new wastewater systems and 13 wastewater system repairs were permitted in 2011. The department also conducted 311 routine food service and 21 childcare and 21 lodging inspections last year.

* Heard that Brock signed the OACAC family planning contract for 2012. This year's contract offers a $150 increase in funding.

* Approved the public health programs report, which gave an update on WIC training and the state audit of the Show Me Healthy Women Program.

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