BC Health board elects officers

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Members of the Barry County Health Board elected officers at the April 18 meeting.

John Starchman will continue in his roll as chairman, and Dennis Baker as vice chairman. Rocky Mills was named secretary and Jan Thomas, treasurer. Stormy Holtzman, newly elected board member, will serve as member-at-large.

General medical fees collected for March totaled $3,485 for both the Cassville and Monett clinics, while family planning fees totaled $1,913.

Carol Landstad, public health programs coordinator, reported the Family and Occupational Medical Clinic's Rural Health Advisory board had designated the Monett satellite clinic as a rural health clinic. As such, representatives are required to participate in advisory meetings with local agencies to discuss community health needs.

Landstad also reported on the national Drug Take-Back Day, April 27, in which expired and unused prescription medications are turned over to local law enforcement officials for disposal.

Landstad told board members a total of 1,714 clients had received services at one of the two health department locations during the month of March. Services included blood pressures, lab testing, chronic disease counseling, case management, family planning supplies and clinics, immunizations, WIC appointments, communicable disease testing and dispensing medication.

In the environmental services department, a total of 13 wastewater system permits were submitted and 12 approved. Employees conducted 12 on-site visits to determine system placement and investigated three wastewater complaints.

Environmental employees also conducted 46 food service inspections and one child-care facility inspection and completed a total of 27 water sample tests.

Roger Brock, health department administrator, reported meeting with various area media outlets, including television stations, and a high school involved in an incident that occurred between Monett and Cassville high schools at a sporting event. Brock said parents of the Monett School District had several questions concerning the health impact on students affected by a water contamination incident. He and Landstad met with several of the parents for discussion on the potential adverse health effects.

In other business, board members were advised of:

* A memorandum of understanding between the Barry County Health Department and Mercy Hospital in Cassville.

* A memorandum of understanding between Barry and Barton counties in the event of emergency.

* An agreement to bill for services through Coventry Insurance.

* A memorandum of understanding with the Barry County Drug Court for testing and reimbursement.

* An agreement with Ozark Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) for a family planning contract.

* A contract with the CPA Group for auditing services.

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