Wells County

Health Department

223 W Washington St
Suite 202
Bluffton, IN 46714
Mon-Fri: 8AM-4:30PM
Lunch Hour 12PM-1PM
(260) 824-6489
(260) 824-8803
Brandon S. Huggins, MDHealth Officer

As a native of Bluffton, IN, Dr. Huggins is proud to serve the area he grew up in. Orthopedic spine surgery blends his interests in individualized patient care, technological innovation and biomechanics. His practice includes treatment of cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine conditions. 

When Dr. Huggins is not taking care of patients you can find him spending time with his wife and two children, working in the yard, on the golf course or rooting for Indiana University athletics. He has participated in medical missions work in Kenya and Honduras. He currently has the honor of serving as the Health Officer for Wells County.

Undergraduate - Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)
Medical School Indiana University School of Medicine (Fort Wayne, IN)
Residency - Greenville Health System (Greenville, SC)
Fellowship OrthoCarolina Spine Center (Charlotte, NC)

Sahara Wall, Administrator
Vital Records Registrar
Lynn Blevins, LPNPublic Health Nurse
Ryan BennettEnvironmental Health Specialist Septic and Food Division
Kathy FeherImmunization Clerk

The Health Department can be contacted at (260-824-6489) and someone will assist you.

Public Health Services

Employment Opportunities

Wells County Health Officer - Job description Please send resume to: Sahara Wall, Administrator Wells County Health Dept. 223 W Washington St. Bluffton, IN  46714

Medical Assistant –   Incumbent serves as clinic nurse/medical assistant to Public Health Nurse requires certificate and/or licensing. Administers immunizations to infants, children and adults. Performs lead test and tuberculosis skin tests. Provides education on various public health topics. Job Description available upon request. Please send resume to: Sahara Wall, Administrator Wells County Health Dept. 223 W Washington St. Bluffton, IN  46714

Clerical Assistant – Incumbent serves as clerical support for vital records and immunization clinic. Duties include receptionist duties, schedules/coordinates appointments, issuance of birth, death, and immunization records. Job Description available upon request.  Please send resume to: Sahara Wall, Administrator Wells County Health Dept. 223 W Washington St. Bluffton, IN  46714


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Vital Records
The Vital Records division is charged with the registration, maintenance and issuance of birth and death records for Wells County. This office provides certified copies of birth and death records for events occurring in Wells County from 1883 to present.

Public Health Nursing
The Public Health Nursing Division provides many services to the public, including immunizations for children and adults, limited travel immunizations, TB testing, lead testing for children, head lice information and treatment, and blood pressure screenings.

Environmental Health
Staff comprising the Environmental Health Division enforce state and local public health laws regarding environmental issues, including trash/garbage, rodents/vector control, and any other environmental conditions that may generate, promote or transmit disease. Staff also enforce laws regarding public pools, tattoo/piercing facilities, animal bites, housing complaints, childhood lead poisoning, and water quality.

Food Division
The Food Division is responsible for licensing and inspecting Wells County retail food establishments and bed & breakfast establishments, conducting food-borne illness investigations, and responding to food related consumer complaints.

Septic Division
The Septic Division is responsible for licensing and inspecting residential and commercial on-site sewage disposal systems, investigating illegal discharges of sewage, and plan review of new on-site septic systems.

Public Health Preparedness
The Wells County Health Department works closely with federal, state and local agencies to develop plans for emergency response to both natural and man-made disasters, enabling the County to be prepared for mass events that may affect public health.

Community Health Assessment

Community health assessments provide health data for a given population, as well as information for problem and asset identification and policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation. Data from the community health assessment is utilized, along with other data collected through community partners, to develop a community health improvement plan.

Indiana District 3 Multi-Jurisdictional Community Health Assessment Report

Health Board Members

Steven Bales, DVM  (260) 694-6938

Mary Donley, MD (260) 824-3500

Chris Esterling (309) 657-3005

Molly Hoag (260) 273-2695

Dr. Bartholomew Hott (260) 824-2442

Ann McNabb (260) 565-4293

Tamara Troutt (260) 402-8627

Health Board Meeting Schedule

The Health Board meetings are held in the Multi-Purpose room in the lower level of the Annex building at 223 W. Washington Street at 6:30 AM.

  • February 15, 2024
  • April 18, 2024
  • June 20, 2024
  • August 15, 2024
  • October 17, 2024
  • December 19, 2024
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