Hiring a new executive director and expanding the Title X program are among the 2013 goals at the Three Rivers District Health Department.
New board chairman Ryan Bojanski told Dodge County Supervisors on Wednesday that the agency, which serves Dodge, Saunders and Washington counties, also wants to publish a community health assessment document in the coming year.
“Lastly,” Bojanski said, “we are moving forward and enhancing our community partnerships with all our key stakeholders.”
The executive director position became vacant when Brandi Tumbleson suddenly resigned in October.
Terra Uhing, the manager of operations, and Abbey Gregg, manager of public health services, have been serving as interim co-directors since Tumbleson resigned.
A nationwide search is under way for the new director, which Bojanski tentatively hopes to have in place around March 1.
“We have it opened for applications and resumes until Jan. 18. After that we will evaluate who we will bring in for interviews,” Bojanski said.
“We are looking for a public health advocacy person that has both clinical and business background and experience,” he said. “It’s a multifunction role. You have to understand the clinical aspect of care, you have to understand the public health aspect of care, and also it’s running a business too, so you have to understand the financial aspect of it.”
Bojanski, the director of clinic services at Fremont Area Medical Center, said Cathi Sampson, a nurse at Nye Senior Services, and Angela Sukstorf, an infectious disease doctor from FAMC, are new to the Three Rivers board.
“These two new appointments will bring experience in health care as it becomes a greater need in our community,” he said.
Linda Wardell is now the vice chair, and Sampson was elected secretary.
Bojanski thanked Supervisor Dean Lux for his years as Dodge County’s representative on the Three Rivers board.
Wednesday was the last county board meeting for Lux and Paul Marsh as the supervisors adjourned sine die prior to holding their reorganizational meeting at 9 a.m. Jan. 3.
“Dean’s commitment to (the Three Rivers board) will have a lasting impact well past his time of service. His community-minded experience will be sorely missed,” Bojanski said.
Bojanski recapped 2012 activities at Three Rivers, which included moving from 33 W. Fourth St. to a larger facility at 2400 N. Lincoln Ave.
Three Rivers doesn’t use the entire facility, and approximately 3,000 square feet still is available to potential tenants.
The agency in 2012 completed several health risk assessments for employers in the three-county area, provided more than 6,000 immunizations at the Fremont clinic alone, free immunizations to the homeless and reproductive health to around 368 patients in Title X clinics.
Three Rivers also distributed more than 300 radon kits at no charge, installed children’s car seats and provided water testing kits for wells, he said.
Surveillance and reporting included the West Nile virus and pertussis, while prevention and education programs covered colon cancer awareness and preventing distracted driving, among other things.
In other action, supervisors approved:
* Set the speed limit at 45 mph on Luther Road where it was recently paved from just north of 23rd Street to the U.S. 275 bypass.
Highway Superintendent Alan Doll said the 45-mph recommendation by the road and bridge committee considered the amount of truck traffic that uses the road, plus the potential for future development in the area.
* Subdividing a tract of land in Pleasant Valley Township and a tract in Webster Township. The board heard discussion but opted to take no action on a request to reconsider a subdivision and conditional use permit in Maple Township that was denied two weeks ago.
* Rescinded a bid award that had been approved on Dec. 11 to purchase a new dump truck, and rejected all three bids that were received.