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
Kay F. Johnson, MD, MPHHealth Officer

Dr. Johnson began her duties as Health Officer in May of 2010.  She is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine and is certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Dr. Johnson also holds a Masters Degree in Public Health and has public health experience working with the State of Connecticut Department of Health Services.

Marlene Hoag
Vital Records
Lynn Blevins, LPNPublic Health Nurse
Daniel MillerEnvironmental Health Specialist 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

Environmental Health Specialist – Full time employment. Requires Bachelors Degree with 30/hrs college science or related experience.  Incumbent primarily responsible for on-site evaluation of soils, interpretation of soil reports, development of minimum requirements, plan review issuance of septic permits and inspection of residential sewage disposal systems. Job Descriptions available upon request. Please send resume to:  Marlene Hoag, 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: Marlene Hoag, 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: Marlene Hoag, 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 foodborne 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

Chris Esterling (309) 657-3005

Steven Bales, DVM  (260) 694-6938

Tom Longenberger (260) 565-3745

Mary Donley, MD (260) 824-3500

Molly Hoag (260) 273-2695

Ann McNabb (260) 565-4293

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 16, 2023
  • April 20, 2023
  • June15, 2023
  • August 17, 2023
  • October 19, 2023
  • December 21, 2023
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