New medical director named

EAST LIVERPOOL-A young osteopathic doctor with emergency room experience will be the next medical director for the East Liverpool City Health District.

Dr. Charles Payne II, a 1998 graduate of East Liverpool High School, will succeed longtime medical director Dr. Clement Cahall, whose resignation is effective today.

Cahall said in a letter that the increasing demands of his private practice, adding an office in Darlington, Pa., and working at the River Valley Health Partners Wound Center made it difficult for him to continue as city medical director.

Cahall was medical director for 12 years, giving medical guidance and oversight for vaccines, immunizations, medical emergencies and other health district issues.

State law requires public health districts to have a medical director.

“You have to have a doctor to OK things,” Health Commissioner Carol Cowan said. “To even order vaccines-that has to be done under a doctor’s supervision.”

Cowan recommended Payne for the position, noting that he both lives and works in the city. The five-member East Liverpool health board approved the appointment on Thursday.

Payne graduated from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006 and did his residency at St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio.

Board certified in internal medicine and emergency medicine, he currently is an emergency room physician at East Liverpool City Hospital and medical director of its emergency department.

“He’ll be a real asset for us. He’s a great doctor,” Cowan said.

Also Thursday, the board:

* Learned that the cleanup of the Dacar Industries site on Michigan Street is continuing.

The closed East End facility generated concern on the part of state and local officials in July when two dogs that had wandered away from their Bradshaw Avenue home got stuck in a tarry substance.

The cleanup is being done by a contractor under the supervision of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. “They’re being pretty forceful,” Mayor James P. Swoger said, noting that there is no timetable for the cleanup to be done.

Cowan told the board in July that the chemicals were not considered hazardous except through direct contact.

* Learned that Cowan and Swoger will distribute raccoon bait on Monday as part of Columbiana County’s annual rabies prevention program.

* Reviewed Cowan’s report for July: food service inspections (6); temporary food service licenses (4); nuisance complaints (1); nuisance investigations (1); animal bite investigations (3); consultations (1).

* Reviewed health nurse Stephanie Summers’ report for July: clients seen for vaccinations (21); vaccines administered (48); gonococcal infections (1 confirmed, 21 years old); hepatitis C (1 confirmed, 35 years old); Lyme disease (1 confirmed, 7 years old).