Public Health Announcements

The intent of the Wells County Health Department is to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Wells County by providing various health screening services and educational programs to the public, and by enforcing public health laws.

The Wells County Health Department strives to help prevent disease, monitor health concerns, and educate Wells County residents to live well and protect their health.



223 W. Washington Street
Bluffton, IN 46714


Monday - Friday

8:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:30pm

TELEPHONE:                     Fax:
(260) 824-6489                  (260) 824-8803

The Health Department can be contacted 24 hours/day, 7 days/week with public health emergencies or concerns at:

(260) 615-3878





Jack Wenger  (260) 824-3270

Steven Bales, DVM  (260)  694-6938

Tom Longenberger (260) 565-3745

Charles Allison, DPM (260) 827-0669

Mary Donley, MD (260) 824-3500   

Doug Cale (260) 402-3381      

Ann McNabb (260) 565-4293




The Health Board meetings are held in the Multi-Purpose room in the lower level of the Annex building at 223 W. Washington Street at 6:30 AM.

  • February 20, 2014
  • April 17, 2014
  • June 19, 2014
  • August 21, 2014
  • October 16, 2014
  • December 18, 2014




Indiana State Department of Health

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Consumer Product Safety Commission

National Lead Information Center

Family Centered Services

Indiana Department of Environmental Management     

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention





Vital Records

The Vital Records division is charged with the registration, maintenance and issuance of birth and death records for Wells County. This office provides certified copies of birth and death records for events occurring in Wells County from 1883 to present.


Public Health Nursing

The Public Health Nursing Division provides many services to the public, including immunizations for children and adults, travel immunizations, TB testing, lead testing for children, pregnancy testing, head lice information and treatment,

and blood pressure screenings.


Septic Division

The Septic Division is responsible for licensing and inspecting residential and commercial on-site sewage disposal systems, investigating illegal discharges of sewage, and plan review of new on-site septic systems.


Food Division

The Food Division is responsible for licensing and inspecting Wells County retail food establishments and bed & breakfast establishments, conducting foodborne illness investigations, and responding to food related consumer complaints.


Environmental Health

Staff comprising the Environmental Health Division enforce state and local public health laws regarding environmental issues, including trash/garbage, rodents/vector control,and any other environmental conditions that may generate, promote or transmit disease. Staff also enforce laws regarding public pools, tattoo/piercing facilities, animal bites, housing complaints, childhood lead poisoning, and water quality.


Public Health Preparedness

The Wells County Health Department works closely with federal, state and local agencies to develop plans for emergency response to both natural and man-made disasters, enabling the County to be prepared for mass events that may affect public health.


Kay F. Johnson, MD, MPH
Health Officer

Marlene Hoag
Vital Records Registrar
Deputy Administrator

Teresa Ley, RN

Public Health Nurse

Sandy Langel, RN

Public Health Nurse

Heath Butz
Environmental Health


Jessica Bergdall
Environmental Health Specialist

Peg Erpelding

Clerical Assistant

Kathy Feher

Clerical Assistant


Kay Johson, MD, MPH

Dr. Johnson began her duties as Health Officer in May of 2010.  She is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine and is certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Dr. Johnson also holds a Masters Degree in Public Health and has public health experience working with the State of Connecticut Department of Health Services.

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