Thursday, Aug 21, 2014
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School Board calls for review of Health Department's LP cuts


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SEBRING - The School Board of Highlands County approved a resolution calling for a reevaluation of the Highlands County Health Department's decision to cease providing medical and dental services in Lake Placid.

At Monday's school board meeting, School Board Vice Chairman Bill Brantley said the Highlands County Health Department will no long provide medical services in Lake Placid, "for the people who really need it."

Brantley said he called Tom Moran, the health department's spokesman, to find out what happened.

"His first explanation was, 'well our senior nurse retired,'" Brantley said. "Well I think they need to advertise for a new nurse."

Moran also told him that the department's funding was down, Brantley said.

Many students get their sports physicals at the health department and they get their dental and healthcare services there, he said. A lot of these kids will not be able to get to Sebring because of the situations their families are in. So if they don't get the services there they will not be getting them anywhere.

He knows the Lake Placid Town Council has taken action calling for a reevaluation by the health department and the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners, Brantley said.

"Pulling out of there is going to be very detrimental to the kids down there," he said.

The school board unanimously approved a resolution calling for the health department and the county commission to reevaluate the closing of dental and medical services at the Health Department's Lake Placid site.

County Commissioner Jack Richie, who represents District 4, which includes Lake Placid and the southern portion of the county, said Wednesday he had no advance word of the health department's cut in services in Lake Placid.

"My goodness; that's a bit of a shock," he said. "As soon as I get out of this meeting this morning, I am going to go to the county administrator and find out what is going on. Then I will move on from there as to whatever I find out."

The program is a necessity for the children and there should be some alternative, Richie said.

mvalero@highlandstoday.com

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