MCHD report continues to point to successful year

By Lorna Hart -

Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of three in a series of reports from the Meigs County Health Department.

POMEROY — The Meigs County Health Department released its annual report, with a long list of milestones and achievements in 2015.

Part one of three was published in The Daily Sentinel on Tuesday.

Angela Rosier is coordinator of Children with Medical Handicaps (previously known as BCMH), for the Meigs County Health Department. CMH is a comprehensive health care program funded in part by the Ohio Department of Health. The program connects families of children 0-21 years of age with quality providers and assists families in obtaining coverage for medical costs related to an eligible condition.

CMH joined with Family and Children First Council’s program titled Intersystems Service Coordination. The two groups met monthly and collaborated on cases to meet individualized goals, provide transportation assistance and help with service coordination. As a result, CMH was able to assist and collaborate with seven families in need.

Rosier shared one of their success stories: “Donald has a chronic and debilitating condition. Upon meeting him for the first time, his caregivers were struggling to provide care. Several agencies had ceased their services. Family members were left to provide around the clock care for Donald. Although happy to spend time with their loved one, the lack of equipment and his size made care difficult. The family had applied for waiver services and spoken with area schools about services, without success. Following a CMH visit, a referral to intersystem’s coordinator Brooke Pauley was immediately submitted on his behalf in an effort to address his need for additional resources and assistance. Through collaborations with Job and Family Services, the Board of Developmental Disabilities and several resources within the waiver program itself, Donald was approved for a Medicaid waiver. The family is now provided with several hours of nursing care every week along with needed equipment for his care.”

It was reported the family, despite some stressful situations, have been doing very well. WOUB, a public TV station in Athens, released a story on the family that can be accessed at

The CMH program has completed several community outreach projects that include monthly meetings, social media and newspaper articles, distribution of informational materials to schools, education activities at community events and coordinated the placement of several billboards regarding the program.

A $25,000 grant from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation for program support was used to provide 25 home visits and three Individual Education Program (IEP). CMH currently has 55 patients in the program: 41 children were active, seven in in the diagnostic phase and six service coordination programs.

Public health nursing statistics for Meigs County were provided by Leanne Cunningham, director of nursing for the Public Health Nursing program.

She reported 109,853 immunizations given. The group arranged three in-house immunization clinics and outreach flu shot clinics at each of the three schools in the Meigs district.

Fifty hepatitis C, 10 HIV, 15 pregnancy tests and two lead hemoglobin tests were given.

Three head lice screenings were conducted and vision assistance was provided for three children and two adults.

The Reproductive Health and Wellness Clinics saw 155 patients: 58 were new clients added to the program. Twenty-three clinics were held and provided 123 blood pressure checks, 99 breast exams, 66 PAP tests,115 body mass index screenings, 174 DepoProvera shots and 103 other birth control were issued. Seven exams were given to males.

Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) is a community-based overdose education and naloxone distribution program. Seven Project DAWN participants received training on recognizing the signs and symptoms of overdose. They were also taught to distinguish between different types of overdoses, to performing rescue breathing, calling emergency medical services and administering intra-nasal Naloxone.

The 2015 Ohio Disease Reporting System communicated the following cases in Meigs County: 14 Campylobacertosts, 35 chlamydia infection, one coccidioidomycosis, two gonococcal infection, one hepatitis B (including delta), acute, 14 hepatitis B (including delta), chronic, one hepatitis C, acute, 72 cases hepatitis C, chronic, two influenza ODH lab results, seven influenza with associated hospitalization, one legionellosis, Legionnaires’ disease, one meningitis, aseptic/viral, four cases of salmonellosis, one streptococcus pneumoniae,with invasive antibiotic resistant/intermediate.

Registered Sanitarian Steve Swatzel is Director of Environmental Health Sanitarian (EHS) for Meigs County. He, along with staff member Coleen Murphy Smith, also an RS, proclaimed successful for spring and fall clean up days.

In collaboration with Ohio EPA, Meigs Soil and Water Office and the county commissioners,“Clean Up Day(s)”were held in May and September. Residents were provided with an opportunity to bring of a variety of trash, including many items that are difficult for the average household to dispose of, to the fairgrounds.

The group reported recycling totals of 48.9 tons of solid waste, 3661 scrap tires, 8.6 tons of scrap metal and 340 electronics with the help of 90 volunteers from the community, churches, schools and other government offices.

EHS participated in the Ohio River Medical Mission last June by staffing the support operations of the veterinary services. During the 10-day mission, EHS completed over 250 work hours and coordinated over 60 volunteers. Their report shows 986 dogs and cats were examined, 950 were vaccinated for rabies and distemper and 97 were spayed or neutered.

EHS is also reported on enviromental health activities: 59 rabies/animal bite were investigated. Of those 59, there were 40 dogs, 16 cats and 1 raccoon. Two specimens were tested for the disease.

Twenty public school health and safety inspections were made, four mobile home parks were inspected, along with three tattoo and body piercing operations and two of unlicensed operators known as “scratchers.”

Twelve complaints of indoor mold were investigated, including seven statements of conditions provided in landlord/tenant disputes.

ESH recycled 500 scrap tires for the Meigs Soil and Water litter crew. They investigated 20 solid waste nuisance complaints, and 80 percent were abated. Twenty inspections of solid waste disposal facilities were completed and 28 garbage trucks registered and inspected. The agency also inspected infectious waste large generators and reported 140,000 gallons of septage were pumped by by septage haulers in 2015.

The group traveled over 5,800 miles to liscence one hundred and 40 four food services and retail food establishments, inspect 328 sewage treatment systems, provide 65 site reviews, issue 57 installation permits and give130 inspections of new and existing systems.

Frank Gorscak is the coordinator of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, a federal grant administered through the Ohio Department of Health. The goal of PHEP is to coordinate and better prepare various county agencies in the event of bio-terrorism orother public health emergencies.

Using various aspects of the MCHD Emergency Operations Plans and Meigs Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Plan, PHEP planned and carried out the Ohio River Medical Mission. The mission took place at Meigs High School and Meigs fairgrounds, and serviced medical needs of over 2,000 people and 900 pets in collaboration with Buckeye Hills and the U.S. Army Reserves as a training exercise.

A Point of Dispensing Plan was used to carry out three outreach flu vaccination clinics at the three county high schools: Southern, Eastern and Meigs. Meigs MRC volunteers were successfully utilized by the clinics.

Public information officer skills used Facebook and Twitter accounts to alert county partners and citizens of happenings in the health department.

They received $25,000 of addidional funding to enable them to add an ebola and Class A Reportable Infectious Disease plan.

Tabletop Exercises were designed and then carried out with the Meigs Local Emergency Planning Committee on hazardous materials. A similar ebola exercise was held in conjunction with the Ohio Hospital Association and South Central Ohio Public Health to test public health skills in the aftermath of an earthquake.

PHEP participated in the Gallia-Meigs Regional Healthcare Coalition.

Training was received by staff members on the proper personal protective equipment and the wearing of PPE in ebola situations and effective use of Twitter and Facebook as communications media.

A FEMA certification was also received by the staff for active shooter situations.

Part three of the report will be published in the April 28 edition of The Daily Sentinel, and will highlight “Get Healthy Meigs” and the ongoing required certification process by the Meigs County Health Department.

Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551

By Lorna Hart