Accreditation process under way for Garrett health department

From Staff Reports Cumberland Times-News   The Cumberland Times-News       Wed May 08, 2013, 10:56 PM EDT

OAKLAND — The Garrtt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to support the accreditation of the health department through the Public Health Accreditation Board, according to Monty Pagenhardt, county administrator.
The goal of the accreditation process is to have all local health departments and the Maryland Department of  Health and Mental Hygiene accredited, according to Rodney Glotfelty, health officer with the Garrett County Health Department. Accreditation looks at leadership, strategic planning, community engagement, customer focus, work force development, evaluation and quality improvement.
Also during the meeting, the commission voted to approve an application for $400,000 for the Home Repair Program. A public hearing was held prior to the vote to receive comments on the application of funds from the Department of Housing and Community Development Community Development Block Grant Program.
The commission then discussed economic development and a confidential business interest in an executive session.
The next commission meeting will be held May 21 at 4 p.m. in Room 207 in the courthouse.