SALEM — Salem Mayor John Berlin recently announced Salem area resident Susan Albert as the newest member of the city health board.
“She’ll be a good fit,” Berlin said during the latest health board meeting.
He had informed city council of his decision to appoint her to the unexpired term left vacant by the resignation of Karen Crouse, with the term ending on Feb. 17, 2026. City council confirmed the mayor’s appointment.
Berlin said Albert has an extensive background in nursing. She was one of two people who submitted letters of interest to serve on the board after the opening was announced. The mayor said the other candidate’s resume will be kept on file in the event of another opening.
A psychotherapist at Family Recovery Center in Lisbon since 1993, Albert’s professional licensing background includes Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor-Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Social Worker, Certified Health Education Specialist, Licensed Practical Nurse-Pharmacology License and Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician.
Her work background includes time as a chemical dependency/mental health counselor, Kent State University adjunct professor for personal and community health courses, substitute teacher (grades 1-12), office/surgical nurse and health educator, surgical/recovery room nurse, health counselor and owner/administrator Salem Veterinary Clinic.
Albert is expected to attend her first meeting next month at 2 p.m. Dec. 15.
In personnel matters, the board gave deputy registrar Sara Houchins the new title of deputy registrar/accreditation coordinator at $13.65 per hour. The addition of accreditation duties will add 10 hours a week to her part-time schedule. Former health commissioner Lynle Hayes had been serving as accreditation coordinator. She’ll now be hired as a consultant to the board, with her duties in the area of environmental health for 10 hours a month at $24 per hour.
Health Commissioner Alanna Stainbrook will now officially have COVID coordinator added to her title and continue to be paid $23.37 per hour. She had already been working extra hours since COVID began, so now she’ll have the title to go with it.
In other business, the board gave final approval to the 2022 food service fees, showing slight increases in almost all categories. No one attended a required public hearing held before the board meeting. The board also approved final reading on a resolution to establish fees for the administration of vaccines for children, adult vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine programs. The fees aren’t for the vaccines themselves but for the health department to administer the vaccines and will be turned in for insurers to pay.
The board tabled action on a new contract for security monitoring with Monitronics due to a large increase in the proposed fee. Previously, the department had been paying $29.95 a month and the new fee was set at $45.99 per month.
The board also reviewed the latest reports for vital statistics, nursing, and environmental health, including housing regarding vacant properties, and talked about the COVID numbers for October.