Bell County Health Department leaving Cumberland Valley Health District

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Changes are coming to the Bell County Health Department.

Due to budget worries, county officials have decided to leave the Cumberland Valley Health District and operate the health department independently.

"What the community needs to know that the action we've taken at the local health board and fiscal court is to ensure that the community doesn't see any differences in the services the health department is providing now," said Judge-Executive Albey Brock.

Brock says budget cuts to healthcare at the state and federal level had them worried. They were concerned about possible cutbacks to the health department if they remained a part of the Health District.
He says they decided to leave the district after getting results from a feasibility study.

"It was going to be in our county and health department's best interest to pull out of the district," said Brock.

Brock says this move could save jobs and services at the health department. The change goes into effect on July 1st.

County officials say this change will not affect patients.

"Maintain the level of those employed but keep the services that they're providing, keep them at a high standard," said Brock.

Brock says they are still working out the details, but they are planning for three to four million dollar operating budget for the health department.

Workers at the Bell County Health Department will take over duties that the Cumberland Valley Health District handled.

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