Board of Health Meeting
Minutes – September 13, 2010
** NOT APPROVED **
The following Board Members in attendance were: Sherry Herdman, Doug Burdick, Dr. Cusumano, and Dr. Simons.
Others in attendance were Tom Hull and Laurie Hennessy.
Board Members Absent: Tim LaFever and Dr. Gulati.
The meeting was called to order by Deputy Public Health Director Tom Hull at 7:03pm. A motion by Sherry Herdman was made to approve the minutes from the July 12, 2010 as read. A motion was seconded by Dr. Simons. Motion carried.
Tom Hull reported on the
results of the Administrative Hearing held on July 28, 2010. Dan Hale, Administrative Hearing Officer
presided at the hearing with Tom Hull, Deputy Public Health Director and Dean
Scholes, Public Health Sanitarian and the respondent Carol Ensell present. The Allegany County Department of Health
received a complaint of sewage discharge from the residence of Paul and Carol
Ensell located at
Tom Hull noted some personnel changes within the Health Department. Cynthia Paxhia, Family Planning Nurse has left the Health Department to begin a teaching position in the Alfred Nursing Program. The Family Planning Public Health Nurse position has been advertised in the newspapers and the Health Department is actively recruiting a new person.
Dean Scholes , Public Health Sanitarian has left the Health Department to join the staff in Department of Public Works.
Tom indicated to the Board of Health he would like to create a water specialist position. He would like to make this a contracted position through Cornell Cooperative Extension. The water program is very labor intensive and time consuming and doesn’t leave adequate time to devote to the other programs the environmental health staff needs to work on as well. Tom asked for approval to pursue the possibility of Cornell contracting with the Health Department for the position of Water specialist. A motion was made by Dr. Simons to discuss the possibility of contracting with Cornell to create the position of water specialist. This motion was seconded by Sherry Herdman. Motion carried.
Laurie asked the Board of Health to review new policy and procedures for the Use of Cholesterol Monitor, Use of a Glucometer, Use of Hemoglobin Meter, and Rapid HIV Testing-Oraquick Advance. A motion to approve the policies and procedures for the Use of Cholesterol Monitor, Use of a Glucometer, Use of Hemoglobin Meter, and Rapid HIV Testing-Oraquick Advance was made by Dr. Cusumano and seconded by Sherry Herdman. Motion carried. Laurie explained the Cholesterol Monitor and the Glucometer were purchased and will be used in the new Wellness Program which is currently being developed. This is a new program the Health Department will begin sometime in the upcoming months.
The Immunization program is
growing rapidly. Allegany County Department
of Health has received 4000 doses of Influenza vaccine. The Health Department has set up various
clinics with schools, industry, churches nursing homes, and senior luncheon
sites to offer the residents of
As part of the Lead program letters are sent out to parents of children with BLL (Blood Lead Levels) between 5 and 10 educating the parents on how to help reduce the blood lead levels in their children with environmental literature and diet suggestions. Sending out this information to the parents seems to be helping. There are currently 8 cases of children with blood lead levels of 10 or above the Health Department staff are following.
Laurie reported we currently have 6 latent Tuberculosis Infection cases.
Norilyn Patrick, Nurse Practitioner requested to take some time off for about 2 weeks. During that time Sherry Herdman, Nurse Practitioner agreed to cover her clinics once the proper agreements are in place. Tom Miner’s counsel has been requested.
Laurie noted a person fell
recently outside of the
Laurie reported to the Board of Health a former nurse who worked for the Health Department filed a complaint against the Allegany County Department of Health with the Labor Board. Laurie reported the Labor Board’s findings and what the Health Department has to do to respond to the complaint.
With no further business to come before the Board of Health, the meeting was adjourned at 7:55pm.