Public Health seeking Care Coordinator
Before its regular meeting on February 21, 2012, the county board participated in the Human Service Board meeting, primarily hearing updates on Public Health and Human Services activities. One action taken was accepting the resignation—with regret—of Amy Lacina, RN, a PHHS Public Health Nurse and Care Coordinator.
PHHS Director Sue Futterer explained that Lacina had submitted her resignation to take a position at North Shore Hospital. Futterer said Lacina had done a “fantastic” job getting the care coordinator program going. The care coordinator works with elderly clients serviced by Minnesota Senior Health Care Options. Futterer said Lacina currently visits 22 nursing home patients and 10 other community members who are able to stay in their homes because of her help. The care coordinator also provides services to the youngest community members, making prenatal and postpartum visits to mothers and babies. The number of clients varies, depending on the number of babies born and the families requesting visits. However, Futterer said the caseload likely averages 15 moms and babies.
“I know a job is not supposed to be about the person,” said Futterer. “But Amy’s shoes will be hard to fill.”
Futterer asked to advertise to fill the position, increasing it from a 20-hour to a 30-hour job. The job would be a C42, with a salary ranging from $19.07 to $23.88 depending on education and experience.
A motion passed authorizing Futterer to hire a new staff member at the increased hours.