DHEC cuts 7 positions at health department

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Spokesman says changes won’t affect local client services

By Jesef Williams

Lancaster County Health Department has undergone more changes.

Jim Beasley, a spokesman with S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, has confirmed that the local department, 1833 Pageland Highway, has lost seven administrative positions.

The Lancaster News recently heard rumors of a change. An anonymous caller last week told the newspaper seven of the health department’s employees had their jobs affected. The woman said that of those seven employees, three decided to retire while the other four are being transferred to Richland County.

Beasley didn’t say when the change was made. Also, he didn’t confirm nor deny if those employees were being moved to Richland County.

He gave the following statement:

“These actions are part of our continued efforts to streamline certain administrative functions inside our agency for greater efficiency,” Beasley said. “Clients receiving services at DHEC’s Lancaster County Health Department will see no effects due to this change.”

Beasley said the seven administrative positions deal with human resources, procurement, accounts payable, and third-party and home-health billing.

“None of the positions are client-services related,” he said.

News of this change comes less than two months after DHEC announced that Lancaster County residents will soon have to go elsewhere to access long-form birth certificates and other vital records. Lancaster County Health Department is stopping the service.

For long-form birth certificates, residents have to visit the state’s Vital Records Office, 2600 Bull St., Columbia, or a regional Vital Records Office.

The nearest regional offices are in Chesterfield (203 N. Page St.) and Winnsboro (1136 Kincade Bridge Road).

Regional offices, their locations, hours and other information are available online at www.scdhec.gov/administration/vr/.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152