By Colleen Lockhart
On Jan. 2 Thomas Quade accepted the position as the new health commissioner for Geauga County. The Public Employees Retirement System (PERI) organization had the opportunity to hear Quade speak at their Feb. 27 meeting.
By the year 2020, Quade and his staff of 20 are mandated by the state, along with all health departments in Ohio, to reach an accredited status. Accreditation requires annual progress reports to ensure continuous programming and must be reaccredited on an ongoing schedule. This is a national program developed to measure health department performance against an established set of nationally recognized, practice-focused, and evidenced-based standards.
From 2000 to 2010 Quade served the Akron Health Department. In Summit County he acted as their accreditation coordinator in 2011 when that agency became among the first 14 in the United States to achieved national accreditation. He was health commissioner in Marion County and was instrumental in their achieving accreditation in 2018.
The Geauga Public Health District provides services under environmental, health and wellness, medical reserve corps, and emergency preparedness. Specific information on the services they provide can be found at gphohio.org or by calling 440-279-1900.