Berks County Medical Society Medical Record Winter 2021 - 9

A Call for the Creation
of a Berks County
Department of Health

from Leadership of the Berks
County Medical Society
The past 10 months have proven to be a health care challenge
unseen in the last century. With nearly 25,000 COVID-19 cases
reported in Berks County including over 600 deaths, our local
hospitals overflowing, and ICUs overwhelmed, local and national
resources have been taxed to their limits. It is a matter of great pride
that our medical, nursing and support staffs have responded as the
skilled and selfless professionals we know them to be. The tireless
work of our peers will forever be one of the greatest stories to come
from this pandemic. The accelerated response by our scientific
colleagues will also be noted. As this novel coronavirus enveloped
the world, the development of testing, sequencing, and ultimately
manufacturing of safe and effective vaccines in record time is
nothing less than miraculous.
As we celebrate those efforts and achievements we must also evaluate
the hard lessons learned. We were unprepared for this magnitude of
an event. We certainly did not have resources in place to organize,
coordinate and communicate our responses. Why have certain
populations suffered the worst consequences out of proportion to
their numbers? What basic needs in our community contributed
to poor outcomes including excess morbidity and mortality often
overlooked in statistical data? In particular who is responsible for
the general health and well-being of all Berks County citizens?
We the leadership of the Berks County Medical Society believe the
time has arrived for the creation of a Berks County Department
of Health. This department would be charged with the task of
overseeing the general health of all of those living within the county.
A county health department would ensure a fair distribution
of health resources, communication of proven beneficial health
information, and would coordinate with partner organizations for
future health challenges similar to this pandemic or the opioid crisis.
A well-structured and supported County DOH would offer many
additional benefits as seen in the six Pennsylvania counties and four
municipalities that have established these departments.
There will be arguments to be made regarding costs vs benefits,
redundancies and political considerations. However, as we have
learned during these past difficult months, public health cannot be
a second thought only pulled to the forefront in a moment of crisis.
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Jillian Ventuzelo, DO
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Kristen Sandel, MD
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301 S 7th Ave Suite 145,
West Reading, PA 19611
610-376-6542
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