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|Federal Health Clinic Could Mean Double Duty for Health Department Staffers
|FIRST REPORTED 12:00pm 4/9/10 There could end up being a lot of change, and some new work, at the Knox County Health Department if its efforts are successful in getting its community health clinic to become federally-qualified.
Knox County Public Health Administrator Heidi Britton told the County Board of Health Thursday night department members recently took a tour of the Whiteside County Health Department, and a federally qualified health clinic there.
Britton says she learned that the health department administrator there also serves at the Executive Director of the clinic, so she started to wonder if that could happen with the Knox County Clinic.
Britton says, simply, it could.
"We have decided to move forward with the idea of writing the bylaws and the agreements, so that the public health administratior -- you, as a board of health, say 'yes, our public health administrator can also be that executive director,'" Britton said. "Then you'd have -- let's say that's me, since I'm your public health administrator -- I would then report not only to you, but I would also report to the (clinic) governance board."
Britton says half of her time and salary would be through the Health Department, and the other half through the health clinic -- something she says she would be agreeable to. But she also says that the bylaws will be written in such a way that having a dual health department and clinic head would be optional.
Britton says the health department's business manager, public information officer, and some other staff could also split their time 50/50 between the clinic and the health department.
Such arrangements would have to garner federal approval, if the clinic is approved.
|04 09 10 by Newsroom
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