Greene County Public Health will host an open house at its new facility from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at 360 Wilson Road, Xenia. CHUCK HAMLIN/STAFF

Greene County agency achieves ‘milestone’ designation

“This milestone accomplishment is official recognition that Greene County Public Health meets or exceeds the rigorous standards established by the Public Health Accreditation Board,” according to the release.

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Greene’s health workers “have worked hard to make this day a reality,” Greene County Health Commissioner Melissa Howell said in a prepared statement.

“When you see the symbol of public health accreditation, you will know that an independent, nonprofit, non-governmental organization has closely examined our facility, procedures and reports. It means we, as an organization care enough about our residents to strive for the highest level of service and performance possible,” Howell’s statement reads.

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GCPH provides a variety of services including maintaining death records; Women, Infants & Children nutrition program; and Environmental Health Services.

The health department, which recently moved into a new $7.8 million facility, also is home to Five Rivers Greene County Health Center, which provides medical care for low-income residents.

PHAB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “improving and protecting the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of state, local, tribal, and territorial public health departments,” according to its website.

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Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County received PHAB accreditation in February. The Preble County Combined Health District achieved the distinction in 2016, according to PHAB.

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