La Plata County commissioners are holding a special meeting at 1:30 p.m. today on the future of the San Juan Basin Health Department.
Under legislation passed last year, counties across the state are required to take a fresh look at their public-health agencies and make decisions about how to structure them in the future.
During today's meeting, commissioners will hear public comments and consider a resolution to retain San Juan Basin Health, which serves both La Plata and Archuleta counties, but with a new board of directors.
La Plata County staff members have recommended that the new board be made up of each of the counties' commissioners and one at-large member.
The board would then appoint a director and a medical officer for the agency. Lynn Westberg is San Juan Basin Health's current director. County Manager Shawn Nau said there are no current plans to open her position or make other major changes.
"I keep hearing that the county is doing this to cut services - nothing could further from the truth," he said.
He said the result of the reorganization will be "mostly just re-creating what we have today."
Nau said that next step in the process will be for the department to undergo an assessment by the county with guidance from the state. Based on the assessment and state requirements, the board could consider changes.
Public-health departments focus on communitywide health issues, such as communicable diseases and emergency preparedness, as opposed to the individual medical care that is provided in doctors' offices and clinics.
Today's meeting takes place in the commissioners' meeting room in the County Courthouse.