JOHN DAY – Officials of the Grant County Health Department have welcomed the return of family nurse practitioner Karen Triplett, who will serve as the main health care provider at the office.
She started her position Jan. 7 and works 34 hours a week.
“I’m looking forward to working as a nurse practitioner in Grant County, taking care of people and being part of the community,” she said.
Triplett said she enjoys working in public health where she feels she is able to help where the need is greatest.
She said that spending adequate time developing a relationship with her patients is important to her.
“I’m not an ‘every 10-minute person,’” she said. “I try to see people for as much time as they need within the limits of the clinic’s expectations.”
Her main focus is preventative work – helping patients avoid or control health issues such as diabetes and hypertension.
“Prevention is so important,” she said. “I would like to help them live longer and stay as healthy as they can.”
Triplett was sought out for the job after the health department’s nurse practitioner, Tim Neilson, died in September.
She previously worked as Grant County’s family nurse practitioner and administrator for about five years, from 2003-08, leaving for a position at a community health center in Winston where she worked for four years.
She had worked at a community health center in Lincoln County for a little over a year, when her new job at Grant County came up.
She and her husband Guy, who retired from Union Railroad, had always planned to return to John Day when she retired, she said. The couple recently celebrated their 41st anniversary.
“We’ve kept property here,” she said. “This opportunity came up, and it seemed like there was a need.”
Her decision to take the job was welcome news to health department site manager Thad Labhart and Kimberly Lindsay, executive director of Community Counseling Solutions, which administers the department.
“Karen is well liked and well received in the community,” Labhart said. “The patients and providers were in full support.”
The Grant County Health Department, 528 E. Main St., Ste. E, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. including through the noon hour, Monday-Friday. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 541-575-0429.Read more on bluemountaineagle.com.