New interim health department director named
Abby Cavenaugh Editor
Wayne Raynor is the new interim director of the Anson County Health Department.
Raynor will be working alongside previous interim director Carol Gibson until her planned retirement in December. Raynor will work part-time with the Anson County Health Department on an open-ended contract for the next year. If a full-time health department director is hired in the meantime, Raynor said he will step aside.
He has worked as an interim health director in Pender, Lee and Scotland counties, and has a 35-year career in public health. Raynor previously served as public health director in Cumberland and Harnett counties and also worked in a variety of women’s and children’s health programs for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services for 20 years prior to accepting the Harnett County position in May 1996.
Raynor said his No. 1 priority with the Anson County Health Department right now is preparing for accreditation, including a site visit at the end of the month. “One thing I want to make sure we do is to pass accreditation,” he said. “All of our state and federal funding is tied to that.”
Another priority for the health department over the next few months is to fill a mid-level practitioner position that is currently open, Raynor said. “We want to hire a nurse practitioner or P.A. to ensure there’s no disruption in patient care.”
In addition, the Board of Commissioners has stressed the importance of improving the county’s animal control program, which is something Raynor will also have a hand in. “Animal control is a great need in Anson County,” he said.
Raynor is also reviewing the community health assessment and strategic plan for the health department, and will be looking to identify other major priorities for the department over the coming year.
Raynor’s first day with the Anson County Health Department was Sept. 23. He is contracted through September 2014.
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