News from the Metro King County Council
by Louise Miller, District 3 Councilmember and Vice Chair
The next few weeks of council activity will include the first meeting of the new Seattle-King County Health Board.
Mandated by the Legislature in a bill adopted in the 1993 session, the new board, in at least its initial beginnings, will include members from the Metro/King County Council, the Seattle City Council, suburban city elected officials and three health professionals. This board will decide on the policy for the delivery of public health services for the entire county.
The board will be responsible for a dozen health centers, Harborview Hospital, and a new natural medicine clinic designed to offer services and research natural medicine treatment and traditional methods as flexible choices for patients.
The annual budget, which includes contributions from King County, the City of Seattle, and all suburban cities, is over $120 million, and the number of employees for 1996 is 1,023. This represents 66 new full-time equivalents, or a seven percent increase over 1995 levels.
Public health services include everything from testing wells and inspecting septic systems and restaurants to disease control, immunization programs for children, highly skilled trauma care at Harborview, and general health care at the clinics located throughout the county.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office at 296-1003.