OTTAWA — Kim Rieman has been named director of Putnam County HomeCare & Hospice.
Rieman has served as Putnam County health commissioner for four years. Her duties as director took effect July 12 and were the result of an organizational change. She’ll remain in charge of the Putnam County Health Department.
As health director, her duties will be to oversee the direction of Putnam County HomeCare & Hospice.
“Everyone is great to work with. Putnam County HomeCare & Hospice does such a great job in the community, and I’m thrilled to be a part of them and the great work they do,” Rieman said.
She spoke about quality healthcare and its role in a community.
“I have a healthcare background, and how well a community does is based on the health of their residents,” Rieman said.
The health department focuses on prevention and keeping people from becoming ill, Rieman said. HomeCare & Hospice serves people when they have healthcare needs that she said are important.
The organization provides homecare services to residents who need it as well as hospice and palliative care.
The health department offers services including immunizations, car seat installation and school screenings. They also offer environmental health services. Examples include restaurant inspections and home septic and water system evaluations.
“I like my position because I can work with so many people, and every day is a different day,” Rieman said. She works with clients, county agencies and her coworkers and said it is great to talk and work with a variety of people.
She advocated people to get flu shots.
Flu shot clinics are planned throughout October. One is Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Columbus Grove VFW, 218 E. Sycamore St., and on that day at the Pandora First National Bank, 102 E. Main St., from 2 to 4 p.m. Another is Oct. 12 at the Kiwanis Health Fair at Ottawa-Glandorf High School, 630 Glendale Ave, from 6 to 10 a.m. Another clinic is Oct. 17 at Meadows of Kalida, 755 Ottawa St., from 2 to 5 p.m.
“The influenza vaccine is the best method to keep yourself from becoming ill with the flu,” Rieman said.
Rieman is married and has two children. She lives in Glandorf.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.