Tonight the District Advisory Committee voted unanimously to approve the merger of the Hancock County and City of Findlay Health Departments. Twenty-six members of the District Advisory Committee, which oversees the Hancock County Health Department voted in favor of the merger. Findlay City Council unanimously approved the merger at the February 3 City Council meeting. The new district will be called The Hancock County Combined General Health District.
The District Advisory Committee then selected the following members of the combined Board of Directors:
- Dr. Michael Lindamood – Blanchard Valley Medical Associates, to a five year term
- Karen Jones – registered nurse, to a four year term
- Robin Spoors, a retired music teacher, to a two-year term
Nominated by Mayor Mihalik and approved by the District Advisory Committee:
- Barbara Pasztor – Vice President of Patient Care Services, Blanchard Valley Health System to a five year term
- William Alge Jr. – attorney, Synder, Alge & Welch Co. LPA, to a four year term
- Nancy Moody Russo, Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator, Physician Assistant Program, University of Findlay to a three year term
The Health District Licensing Council appointed Larry Lovell Jr. as the seventh member of the new combined Board of Directors.
Talks for the combination of the City and County Boards of Health were reignited in 2012. Many months of dedication to the topic of Public Health in our community lead to the vote by the District Advisory Committee to authorize the contract on March 2, 2015.
“I am so proud of the effort by both entities to make this work. We will accomplish so much more together in the field of Public Health than we did independently. I am thankful for the commitment the committee members dedicated to this effort. Kudos to all involved” said Mayor Lydia Mihalik.
Commissioner Phil Riegle said “This has been a long journey. Over the last two years, people representing the city and people representing the DAC have put the past behind us and tried to forge a contract to combine the two entities that required efficiency but also kept a high level of public health services for our community. Today we have approved that contract and look forward to this new entity providing savings and service to Hancock County.”