County health department seeing case load rise
by Dennis Sharkey
Officials at the county’s Health Department are looking for a solution to an increasing caseload for registered nurses.
Eileen Filbert, director, asked commissioners on Monday for permission to hire a part-time RN to handle the increasing caseload. Filbert said her department took in seven additional clients in the last week.
The commissioners by consensus agreed to the hiring.
Filbert said a home health aide has resigned effective today (Thursday) and the position will not be filled.
Filbert said the department will maintain three full-time aides and that services will not be affected.
Although the caseload is increasing for the department, Filbert said the need for the part-time RN would be evaluated in the coming months.
“It might be different come the end of the year,” she said.
Filbert indicated that her department was considering a scenario where they could contract out RN services. She said County Clerk Linda Buttron and County Counselor Jan Hayes researched the issue and that the department would not be able to contract because of the department’s Medicare provider status.
“The IRS would not smile favorably on us,” she said.
In other actions:
- Francis Hubbard with Road and Bridge Department described his budget for overlay projects as “pretty severe.” Hubbard said the budget for overlays is overspent with many projects still needing to be completed.
- Hubbard also said his crews will be focusing on completing FEMA projects from last winter’s storms before this winter arrives.
- Work continues on the Big Slough bridge. Hubbard said most of the work on the north side of the bridge has been completed and crews are working on the south end. As of Monday the project had 53 days left and crews were still on schedule to finish in time. Hubbard said he was told by the project foreman that crews will start working longer hours and some Saturdays.
- Commissioners approved a plat of the Reed Ranch subdivision. Commissioners approved the zoning for the project back in February.
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