MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Board of Health voted Wednesday to endorse the Heath Center Board of Directors in seeking New Access Point funding for the Danville health center location.

The Health Department will open a clinic in the former Lonsinger Pharmacy building in February as a satellite of the Mount Vernon center, but approval of this grant for up to $650,000 will allow a full-service clinic to be opened and fully funded by federal money, Center Director Lane Belangia explained.

He said it is a slow process, so it could be several months before they know if it is approved.

The board also took a step in filling the health center’s vacant dentist position by authorizing development of an employment contract. Dr. Brandon Washington left Jan. 14 after having been here two years.

The board receive the quarterly statistics report for the fourth quarter. Births were only up four for the year, but teen births dropped a bit, from 46 to 42 and smoking mothers went from 115 to 99. Deaths only dropped from 545 to 540. Cancer related deaths dropped from 108 to 75, lung disease deaths went from 45 to 12 and stroke/CVA deaths went from 20 to 13, while heart-related deaths for the year went from 212 to 252.

The WIC caseload dropped from 1,083 to 997.

The fourth quarter include three hepatitis A cases, two syphilis cases and seven pertussis cases.

Overall in 2018, communicable diseases declined from 406 to 360.

In other business, the board:

•Approved a variance for the Household Sewage Treatment System Installer Registration for Quality Excavating and Construction, Perrysville, pending completion of Continuing Education requirements, effective Jan. 25.

•Approved the hiring of Jacqueline Starr Rhoden, public health nurse, effective Jan. 28.

•Approved the hiring of Carol Green, license practical nurse, effective Jan. 28.

•Approved the termination of Bridget Collins, public health nurse, effective Jan. 9.

•Approved a clinical affiliation agreement with Central Ohio Technical College for the Phlebotomy Program Agreement, effective Feb. 1.

•Approved the MRC Software Testing Agreement with MRC Impact LLC for the development and licensing of a cloud-based software data collection program at a maximum cost of $15,000, effective Jan. 24.

•Approved a Student Affiliation Agreement with Kent State University for clinical rotations in the Community Health Center, effective Feb. 1.


Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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