Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

March 12, 2014

So far, so good for health department consolidation

By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Journal-Times

March 12, 2014 — Operations at the newly-consolidated Little Sandy District Health Department are said to be running smoothly a month after the merger.

Slight renovations were necessary to prepare the existing space in the county courthouse. Most of that work has been completed.

Health department staff did much of the work with help from inmates at the Carter County Detention Center, who spent two days moving furniture and equipment.

“We would like to extend a huge thank you to R.W. Boggs for the help and to those men who on such terribly cold days, faced the negative temperatures and never complained,” said Trena Greene, the department’s nursing supervisor.

“He is much appreciated and we could not have met our deadline to be open if it were not for him,” she added.

At the beginning, the facility experienced computer issues that took nearly a week to fix, causing longer wait times. The department says that those issues have been resolved and things are running smoothly now.

“We have been in operation for three weeks and adjustments are being made to make things better every day,” said Greene. “We have had daily meetings within the department for thoughts and suggestions as to how to make things better, to find out what is working and what isn’t.”

After consolidation, the department is averaging almost 40 patients per day from both sides of the county and higher numbers are expected as the weather improves.

The department is inviting community members to visit the new facility and learn what services are offered to the public.

In addition to seeing patients, the department recently held a held a septic tank installers training class for continuing education.

The class was full to capacity and included installers from Carter, Elliott, Greenup, Boyd and Lewis counties. The next class will take place on March 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The maximum capacity for the septic tank installers class is 20 participants and the cost is $50 per person.

If you think this would be beneficial to you or someone you know, please contact Jeff Barker or Henry Sturgill at (606) 474-4115 or (606) 474-6685.

Joe Lewis can be reached at jlewis@journal-times.com or by telephone at 286-4201.