The Putnam County Health Department hasn't cut any services or turned patients away, despite concerns from neighboring Kanawha County.
In last week's Kanawha-Charleston Health Department meeting, officials expressed concern over Putnam County's Health Department's financial woes.
Putnam County's Health Department has applied for $186,000 from an emergency fund held by the state Department of Health and Human Resources. It has spent more than $100,000 on legal fees concerning an employee grievance case, a big factor in the financial crisis.
The Kanawha-Charleston department has seen an increase in the volume of patients, according to its executive director, Dr. Rahul Gupta. The department is seeing an increase in use of clinical services as well as vaccinations by patients from Putnam County.
Joel McKinney, who took over as administrator of the Putnam County Health Department in February, said the department has not cut any services out yet and will continue to accept anybody.
"I was told by our medical director that they have people from anywhere - other counties, like Braxton. We don't like to turn anybody away," McKinney said.
"I'm don't know what's going to happen in the future, but we're not anticipating cutting anything now. We're just looking at patients and seeing what services they'll need. And we're looking at those percentages and comparing them to last year."
After the meeting, Lolita Kirk, the director of administrative services at Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, said she made contact and left messages for the Putnam County Health Department to see if the Kanawha-Charleston would need to prepare additional vaccines or services.
"I've made contact and left messages. I want to prepare our staff and order extra vaccines if there's an influx, but I haven't heard back," said Lolita Kirk, the director of administrative services.
McKinney said he has not received any contact via phone or email from the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department at this time.Contact writer Candace Nelson at Candace.Nel...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148. Follow her at www.twitter.com/Candace07