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Health Department joining IDOH, extending COVID vaccine program

Fayette County Health Department Administrator Matt Sherck spoke to the Fayette County Board of Commissioners regarding the future of a few of the department’s programs.

Sherck said the Indiana Department of Health has been in contact and is looking to extend its COVID-19 vaccination program for an additional six months, through December. The program has helped the department provide COVID-19 testing, vaccines and boosters throughout much of the worst of the pandemic.

Sherck said that other grants and programs will cause a reshuffling of staff within the health department in Fayette County, but that he believes the staff that is currently available would be sufficient to maintain this program as well.

“We think we can do the testing with the current staff we have, and some part-timers, also other nurses who will fill in to do it,” Sherck said. “So, we don’t want to change anything up, just apply for the additional funding.”

As for COVID-19 updates in the county, case numbers remain relatively low, as does testing. Sherck said to expect the case numbers to linger where they are.

“We keep seeing positives, so we keep telling people to come to the health department,” Sherck said. “We also have take-home kits so anybody can come to the health department to pick up a kit to have at home, so that way, if you feel ill or feel sick and you’re not sure you can test right there at home and pop it in and take it. We want people to take precautions if you feel ill or feel sick you need to go ahead and test and isolate and try not to spread it anymore than you can.”

“We’re going to have to learn and try not to spread it because its going to linger,” Sherck added.

Sherck said vaccines are now open for all ages as they recently had to order their infant vaccines.

In addition, the school vaccine program is already open for next school year. Sherck said he hoped families that needed to get their children’s vaccinations updated would take advantage of the program being open early.

“We’re trying to not get into school and get everybody coming in at one time,” Sherck said. “So come down now, there’s no wait you can walk right through and get your shot. If you wait until school starts, sometimes it gets pretty hairy and there’s a long wait.”

Sherck said the state should be sending letters out as well as the schools through the statewide CHIRP system as to who needs any vaccination updates.

The 2022 Fayette County Fair Queen candidates. Front Row, from left: Katie Fisher, Raegan Mullins, 2021 Fair Queen Kelli Caldwell, Abby Badore. Back Row, from left: Baylie Wilson, Karly Lane, Samantha Gwinnup,Tyla Patterson. The queen contest is at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Expo Hall. Admission is $5 per person. Starting in today’s edition, the News Examiner will feature profiles of each of the Fair Queen Candidates.

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Support volunteer firemen this Saturday

The Everton Volunteer Fire Department will host their annual Fireman’s Festival fundraiser Saturday.

“This is our seventh year doing the festival,” Chad Gronning said. “We typically have around 500 people attend, it is always a great time.”

There will be food, raffles, games, live music and more. Gronning said he hoped the department had put together an event that would be fun for the whole family. He also reminds those who may attend where the funds raised through the event go.

“We hope we have brought together a fun filled afternoon for the whole family and an evening of great music. We hope to see the community come out and see us. All proceeds from our yearly Fireman’s Festival go into our equipment fund for new and updated equipment for our department.”

Those who attend Saturday can see the Arts and Crafts Vendors, Car Show, Kids Games, Bounce House, Live Sean Lamb Janet Miller Band, Fried Chicken Dinner, Black Jack Tables, Beer Garden, Snack Concession and multiple Basket Raffle. There will also be 50/50 Raffles, Pull Tabs, and yes, meet some of the firefighters as well.

“Our vendor tents this year will be full of arts. Crafts and new tools will be across the street from fire station along with the car show. The meal is inside the fire station. Live music, kids game, poker and adult beverage tents will be behind the station. The basket raffle, 50/50 and pull tabs inside will be located inside the Fire Station.”

Schedule of events:

Noon to 5 p.m. – Local vendors, arts, crafts, tools

3 to 7 p.m. – Car show, kid games, bounce house, sno cones, soda, popcorn

3 to 11:30 p.m. – Beer Garden

4 to 8 p.m.- Chicken dinner

4 to 9 p.m. – basket raffle, 50/50, pull tabs, gun raffle drawing

7 p.m. to midnight – 7 card poker and Black Jack

8 to 11:30 p.m. snack bar

LIVE BAND 7 to 11 p.m.

The FD asks that you don’t carry in your own food or drinks. Registration for the car show is $15.

The FD is located at 5495 S SR1, Everton.

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Reid Health celebrates 5 new graduates of Family Medicine Residency Program

Reid Health is saying goodbye to five graduates of its Family Medicine Residency Program and hello to a handful of new doctors who will soon begin their own three-year stint.

Members of the Class of 2022 were celebrated Saturday at Forest Hills Country Club. Each will finish their time at the Reid Health Residency Clinic in Richmond over the coming weeks before moving on to the next step in their careers.

“This class represents many significant changes for the program,” said Phillip Scott, DO, FAAFP, Residency Program Director.

“They’re the first class with MD and international physicians. Also, this group learned to deal with COVID-19 from the first year of their training.”

Those graduating in the 2022 class include:

Brandon Baccari, DO, who will work for Lutheran Health in Fort Wayne, Ind.;

Kapesh Kunwar, MD, who will work for IU Health in Indianapolis;

Mehrosh Naseem, MD, who has been accepted to an Integrative Medicine fellowship at The Ohio State University;

Nida Noor, MD, who is undecided; and

Nabeel Uwaydah, MD, who also is undecided.

Reid’s residency program is affiliated with the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience in Kansas City, Mo. Graduates complete three years of training in family medicine, gaining a wide-ranging experience in the Reid Health system.

Five new doctors will join the program in July, bringing the total number of residents to 18. Five core faculty members – Dr. Scott; Nuzhat Nisa, MD; Novera Inam, MD; Donald Smith, MD; and Tim Kaehr, MA, LMFT – supervise the residents’ overall training, along with 75 community physicians who act as preceptors across a variety of medical specialties.

The residents in Reid’s program include:

Advancing second-year residents Jonathan Adams, DO; Adebisi Adeyemi, MD; Waiel Almardini, MD; Kimberly Carhuatanta, DO; Dustin Cundiff, DO; Ibrahim Khan, MD; and Abdallah Saleh, MD

Advancing first-year residents Kristopher Brott, DO; Shruti Dave, MD; Tanner Everhart, DO; Nicholas Hinkle, DO; Joseph Intriago, MD; and Sara Khan, MD

New residents Bothaina Afifi, MD; Vijay Gottipati, MD; Nicole Hountz, DO; Jeffery Lee, MD; and Benjamin Leeds, DO

“It’s remarkable to think we’ve had this program for almost seven years now,” Dr. Scott said. “As of this year, we’ll have graduated 24 family physicians and kept many excellent physicians in the Richmond area. We hope to keep even more here in the future.”