CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Putnam County Health Department might have a new permanent home by September.
Administrator Lolita Kirk said at a meeting of the Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health that she's considering a few locations for the Putnam department but that plans are not official yet.
Kirk is an employee of the Kanawha-Charleston department and was assigned last month to lead the Putnam agency as it works through financial problems and a state audit.
In the meantime, the Putnam department likely will move temporarily into a West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources building in Winfield.
"They've been kind enough to award us a few cubicles and some areas to see patients," Kirk said, adding that the agreement has not yet been finalized.
Once Putnam health officials are in the DHHR office, she said, they will offer patients clinical services.
Earlier this month, the Putnam County Health Board voted to transfer control of clinical services for the county's health department to the Kanawha-Charleston department. The Putnam health board previously had voted to lay off its 12-member staff because of its financial woes. The department owes $200,000 and needed more than $100,000 to operate. It has moved from its former location in Scott Depot.
Kanawha-Charleston has had a full-time sanitarian working in Putnam County since July 1, Kirk said. Another contracted sanitarian is working on weekends in Putnam, she said.
The full-time sanitarian, Keith Lyons, is working out of the Putnam County Courthouse, Kirk said.
She said the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department has seen more Putnam County patients lately.