County Health Dept. hires additional nurse

LISBON – With large numbers of people coming to the health department for immunizations, flu shots and cancer screenings, the Columbiana County Board of Health hired an additional full-time nurse on Wednesday.

Following an executive session, the board voted to hire Amy Kennedy of Alliance, who graduated from Stark College. She will be paid $2,947 per month and will be involved in the immunization program, cancer detection clinic and other possible future projects planned in communicable diseases and emergency preparedness.

County Health Director Wesley Vins said it has been many years since the department has fully staffed the nursing division. He credited a number of grants and programs, which are helping to cover the costs of immunizations and cancer screenings. Because of the additional funding, the board has the money available in the budget to get the department more fully staffed.

The same list of applicants was used from the summer of 2012, when the board voted to hire Marilyn Robb of Leetonia as assistant director of nursing. Robb had been one of 29 applicants when she was hired.

Additionally, the board will be accepting bids from physicians interested in being a physician on call, when the health department’s regular physician is unavailable.

In other matters:

– The board approved a variance for property owned by Jim Dangelo, Yellow Creek Church Road, Salineville. Lori Barnes, environmental director, said a water well on the property collapsed and had to be redug. It is now less than 50 feet from underground fuel tanks. Barnes suggested Dangelo have his water tested annually to be certain fuel is not leaching into the well.

– Vins said there is growing concerns about new statewide regulations being created involving sewer issues. The health department will be meeting with contractors and others involved in the industry so they can learn about what is being proposed and have input.

– There has been a run of flu shots, according to Nursing Director Barb Knee. There are still some free shots available for children and a lot of shots available for adults, which cost $25. More shots can be ordered through the state if the department runs out.