There is going to be a new address for the Webster City Free Clinic. The Hamilton County Board of Health late Thursday afternoon approved the signing of a lease with officials of the Free Clinic to be held in the Hamilton County Public Health building at 820 James Street. The Free Clinic has been held for several years on Tuesday evenings at the All Cultures Equal building on East Second Street. The move is expected to take effect in the next few weeks. The clinic is designed for those who do not have health insurance.
The board of health heard a presentation from Webster County Public Health Administrator Kari Prescott in regards to the Maternal Child program and Hamilton County Public Health's collaboration with Webster County project. This program is designed to support critical health care services for pregnant women, infants and children with special health care needs. Prescott also spoke about the collaboration of the WIC (Women Infant Children) Clinics.
It was also announced at Thursday's meeting that Building Families will be moving their office to Clarion and will no longer be employees of Hamilton County through Public Health.
In personnel matters, the Hamilton County Board of Health approved Amanda Jones from PRN (Practicing Registered Nurse) to a regular employee at Public Health. The resignations of Roxanne Fevold and Tiffany Larson from Building Families were accepted due to the relocation of their office to Clarion. Jade Williams has been hired to serve the McVee 2 year grant with the possibility of an extension of three years at $19 an hour.
A salary certification was approved for a 50 cent raise per hour for all employees.
In other matters, the Hamilton County Public Health Board learned that the EMS System Development Grant has not been sent out by the Iowa Department of Public Health with further discussion at next month's board meeting. The board also reviewed changing the Sliding Fee Schedule but decided to table it until there is more informaton from Ramsey Badre, public health cost accountant.
Hamilton County Public Health Director Shelby Kroona informed the board that a representative from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals reported a food scam targeted at Asian food establishments. The Department assured Kroona that there are no problems with any of the Asian food establishments and restaurants in this area. The public health department has registered for online OASIS training to begin in July and free webinars to follow each month. The Hamilton County Public Health Department has received an immunization grant with a contract to come some time next week.