The Hopkins County Board of Health has named Denise Beach as its new public health director. Her appointment awaits approval from the state, but she says her tentative start date is June 24.
Beach is taking the position after Jack Morris, who announced his retirement in April.
“Because I’m waiting on appointment from the state we haven’t really started doing much yet in transitioning,” Beach says. “But he and I have worked closely together for the 12 years that I’ve been director of nursing.”
The Hopkins County Board of Health may learn in two weeks whether they'll settle an ongoing dispute with a Medicaid Managed care Organization. Board Director Jack Morris said a judge will decide in two weeks whether Kentucky Spirit is liable for the $190,000 owed to the Health Department for services provided in state schools. Kentucky Spirit claims it didn’t understand the obligations despite signing a binding three-year contract with the state. Board Chairman Dr. Tristan Linesberry said the organizer’s position is an untenable situation.