ECHD meeting held

by | December 15, 2004 12:00 am

Emanuel County Board of Health held their regularly scheduled board meeting on Dec. 8.

Board of Health members present were Dr. James Ray, chairman; Wilbur Stephens, vice-chairman; Keith Thompson, county commissioner; Ray Woods; Butch Frye, superintendent of Emanuel County Schools; and Kim Overstreet. Health department staff present were Lisa Chester, RN, county nurse manager; Linda Folds, Administrative Operations coordinator II; Denice Kirby, office manager; and Robert Michael, Environmentalist Health specialist III. East Central Health District staff present were Dr. Frank Rumph, District director; John Nolan, deputy director; and John Tebeau, District Environmental Health director. Also attending was Bob Via, administrator of Emanuel Medical Center.

Robert L. Michael Jr., Environmental Health Specialist III, briefed the board on a proposed Board of Health Rule and Regulation governing the operation of tattoo artists, tattoo studios, body piercing artists and body piercing studios that is highly recommended that the board adopt at their next session.

The board voted to conduct a public hearing at their next regularly scheduled meeting to afford the public necessary input prior to their expected vote. A public notice will run for two weeks prior to the event as a reminder. Highlights of the proposed Rule and Regulation include: The authority for the Board to adopt the rule vested within the Official Code of Georgia Annotated due to its Public Health implications, its limiting of studios to permanent structures only, background checks, medical checks and training requirements of artists, minimal physical facility construction and layout requirements and the definition of body piercing that does not include persons who conduct ear piercing services. Contact Rob Michael via e-mail for electronic copies of the proposed rule.

Lisa Chester, RN, gave an update on staff training. Ms. Chester also informed the board Twin City Clinic will relocate to the old Twin City Family Healthcare building, owned by the Emanuel Medical Center, in the near future. Ms. Chester discussed the upcoming full-scale disaster drill that will be held in Emanuel County on March 19, 2005. She said that many agencies will be involved and that the planning process has begun. Linda Folds gave a budget update. She also presented the completed 2004 audit for their review. Bob Via gave a hospital update. Dr. Frank Rumph discussed the upcoming legislation concerning banning smoking in public places.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is March 9, 2005. For more information, questions or comments, e-mail

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