MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Board of Health said farewell Wednesday evening to a long-time employee who is retiring after 35 years with the department.
Deb Creager has most recently been an administrative assistant in the WIC program. She has also worked in the Home Health Department and the Benefit Bank.
A farewell reception is planned for 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.
Health Commissioner Julie Miller called her “one of the most compassionate people I’ve ever met.”
“I’ve met many people and learned a lot in my time here,” Creager said. “Now I’m ready for more challenges.”
The board approved a proposal to offer Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) training to the public for a fee of $50 per person, effective Oct. 1. The department will be seeking funds to help defray the cost for people unable to pay the full amount.
The board approved an agreement with Kokosing River Productions for a 60-90 second public service announcement, at a cost of $1,500.
The board tabled a revised Educational Achievement and Skill Enhancement Pay policy, pending a review and recommendation from the Personnel Committee.
Several personnel items were approved:
•Out-of-state travel for Debbie Eiden, Lane Belangia, Shelbi Biler, Nanette Snyder, Stacy Robinson and Katie Hunter to attend the eClinical Works National Conference in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 5-7. The cost will be paid for with Community Health Center grant funds.
•Approved the resignation of Mary Higgins, administrative assistant in the Administrative Services and Operations Division, effective Aug. 17.
•The hiring of Stephanie Kollar, administrative assistant in the Community Health Center, effective Aug. 20.
•The hiring of Stephanie Fields, Certified Medical Assistant in the Community Health Center, effective Aug. 27.
•The hiring of Janet Jones, administrative assistant in the Community Health Center, effective Aug. 20.
•The hiring of Philanna Parnell, dental assistant in the Community Health Center, effective Aug. 27.