The Anderson County Commissioners Court appointed Dr. Brandy Ricard as Local Health Authority Monday.
“It is a privilege to serve our community,” Ricard said. “As a doctor and a member of the community, with a vested interest, with a firsthand view of the happenings in the community, including the hospital, the clinic and the local retail locations, I am making myself available to help ensure we are living in a safe community.”
According to County Judge Robert Johnston, this is the first time the Commissioners have appointed a local doctor since Dr. David Thompson served the county in this capacity, utilizing the Smith County Health Authority since then.
A County Health Authority is a physician, appointed by the Commissioners Court for a two year term, who administers state and local laws relating to public health within a local government’s jurisdiction.
Their duties include aiding the state with quarantine, sanitation enforcement, public health law enforcement, reportable diseases and vital statistics collection.
Ricard practices Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Primary Care and Family Medicine at CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic, 127 Medical Drive in Palestine.
She went to Tyler Junior College, the University of Texas at Tyler and St. Matthew's University School of Medicine in the Cayman Islands for her medical education, did her internships and residency with Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport, LA and is board certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Growing up in Palestine, Dr. Ricard chose to return home to serve in her community after completing medical school. Her training as a Med-Peds physicians, a combination of Internist and Pediatrician in one physician, allows her to take care of patients throughout their life.
During the Commissioner's Monday meeting they also approved:
* consent agenda items including budget amendments, payment of the bills and the minutes from the June 29 meeting,
*a land use agreement between Anderson County Road and Bridge Department Precinct 3 and Sonja H. Rigsby,
* and the annual contract of $15,100 between Anderson County and the Elkhart Volunteer Fire Department.