December 2, 2011
Public Health Transition
As Board members recall, on July 12, 2011 the Board voted unanimously to authorize the County Manager to end the County’s contract with Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) no later than June 30, 2013. One aspect of this contract involves CHS providing approximately 75% of the Health Department services.
Although no firm plans have been established, a collaborative planning process has begun for the transition of public health services from CHS to County operations. Over the past several weeks, staff with Mecklenburg County and CHS have been working together to plan for the future provision of the County’s public health services. Both organizations remain committed to providing high-quality health services throughout this time of transition.
Health Department Division Director Bobby Cobb and Management Analyst Carol Hickey (Office of Management & Budget) are the co-leaders of the Mecklenburg County transition team. This transition team has met twice with their counterparts from CHS. The initial meetings have lead to the creation of five work groups to coordinate the following functions:
- Human Resources
- Budget and Finance
- Real Estate and Inventory
- Information Technology
All employees in the Health Department have received information about this process. A variety of communications channels, including e-mail, memos, employee forums, and websites will be used to ensure important information reaches employees, the public and the Board. Background and other information about this transition are available on the Public Health Transition web page.
As the planning process proceeds, Board members will receive updates about the transition, including key benchmark dates.
Board members with questions should contact General Manager Michelle Lancaster via email or 704-336-2621.
Bill Warren Retires
Effective December 1, 2011, Assistant to the County Manager Bill Warren has retired from his position in the County Manager’s office. One of Bill’s key roles over the past several years was serving as the key contact point in the County Manager’s Office to address customer inquiries and complaints. This included situations that were complex, involving multiple areas of operation and often multiple jurisdications.
Prior to joining the County Manager’s Office, Bill worked in several other capacities in the County, including LUESA and the Park and Recreation Department. In total, Bill worked more than 35 years as a Mecklenburg County employee, serving with great distinction and professionalism.
One of Bill’s final tasks was working with Assistant to the County Manager Timmothy Tibbs to transfer knowledge and information Timmothy needs as he shifts into this role of ombudsman. Recruiting is underway to fill the vacant position to handle the duties within the County Manager’s Office that had been performed by Timmothy before his move to this new role.
-- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager