New health care era starts for two area counties
Public health services in Ford and Iroquois counties will begin again on Tuesday.
Services were suspended last Wednesday to give staff time to prepare for new independent health departments in each county, as the combined Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department officially dissolves Monday.
Executive assistant for the consolidated health department Danielle Walls said clients and residents in both counties will continue to receive public health services just like before the split.
The combined county health department operated offices in Paxton and Watseka. The new Ford County Health Department will remain in the same location in Paxton at 235 North Taft Street. But, services in Watseka will move down the street to the City Administrative Center at 1001 East Grant Street.
Walls said each county health department will also have contracts with the local hospital serving their area. The Ford County Public Health Department will work with Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City, while the Iroquois County Health Department will contract with Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.
Also Monday, the final Board of Health meeting will be held for the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department at 7 p.m. in Gilman.