OTTAWA — Putnam County Board of Health members Thursday approved a new lunch hour policy for Putnam County Health Department and HomeCare and Hospice employees.
The staff at both entities will receive an hour paid lunch. Previously staff who were hired before Jan. 1, 2016, had a paid lunch, but others did not.
“Now it will be the same for everyone,” said Kim Rieman, health commissioner.
The new policy will go into effect during the new pay period that is Sept. 23.
Kris Bellman, hospice coordinator, said HomeCare and Hospice is in the process of hiring two PRN nurse practicioners and will continue to look for other candidates. There were seven applicants who showed interest in the position.
“We are excited to move forward,” Bellman said.
Rieman said after Pam Sager, Putnam County HomeCare and Hospice executive director resigned, Bellman, Rieman and Lammers took over and looked to see what changes needed to be made.
“One of the things we are doing is looking at our job descriptions and looking at the executive director position and see how it will go with our other positions,” Rieman said. During the next board meeting, the board will review updated job descriptions for Rieman, Lammers and Bellman.
Sherri Recker, Putnam County Health Department director of nursing, said August and September is peak time for providing vaccines. In August, the department gave 884 vaccines, mostly for back-to-school vaccines, which was the highest month ever to be billed to insurance. They’re expecting a large interest in flu vaccines as well, with clinics planned at the end of September and throughout October.