Despite the fact that a bulk of Lancaster County commissioners oppose the creation of a freestanding general public wellness division, the county is making general public overall health emergency reaction a everlasting section of county governing administration.
A new posture, the “wellness and health-related coordinator,” was developed in December in the county’s crisis administration division. Violet De Stefano, 23, a graduate of Winona Condition College in Minnesota with a bachelor’s of science in community wellness, was employed for the position at a annually wage of $48,500 and started Feb. 16.
De Stefano beforehand labored as an crisis management communications coordinator for the Winona County Sheriff’s Office, and also as the general public data officer for Winona County. She claimed her position bundled coordinating the community health and fitness responses of healthcare facility systems, faculties and universities, educational institutions and other stakeholders.
“I noticed this occupation description and it appeared like anything I was presently accomplishing currently and even much more,” De Stefano mentioned of her Lancaster County occupation. “So I took a leap of faith and came out here and have beloved every single minute of it since I bought below.”
De Stefano mentioned she’s targeted just about solely on COVID-19 but is searching forward to the submit-pandemic era.
“As (the virus) is winding down now, a large amount of it is, ‘How can we get back to ordinary, how can we locate a sense of normalcy?’” she reported. “A good deal of what my part is will be serving to to suggest and do the job with unique groups in the local community to support them locate that sense of normalcy.”
As the pandemic winds down, she states she will start to operate on an “after motion report” to examine what parts of the reaction labored effectively and what did not. She’ll also carry on to produce options and make certain the county is prepared for “the future big wellness and clinical crisis.”
Ed Hurston retires
De Stefano will handle several of the duties that the county hired Edwin Hurston to fulfill past April, when the COVID-19 pandemic was in its early levels. Originally hired on a 3-thirty day period contract to advise county leaders on pandemic reaction and coordinate with nearby overall health treatment suppliers and group stakeholders, Hurston’s agreement was extended as the virus continued to pose a threat.
Hurston formally retired on very good conditions previously this month, obtaining a letter of commendation from the board of commissioners at the March 10 conference, along with praise from colleagues.
“You not only fulfilled but exceeded our anticipations of a position that was made a calendar year ago to help the county get as a result of an unprecedented crisis,” Commissioner Ray D’Agostino mentioned at the meeting.