News & Events

This is the page for official news releases issued by the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health. All media inquiries and public records requests are handled through the Communications Office. For questions, call Megan Hubartt at (260) 449-7395.

New Communications Director announced

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (05/08/2015). – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health is pleased to announce Megan Reust will be assuming the duties of Communications Director, effective immediately. A Huntington native and a graduate of Ball State University, Megan brings a strong journalistic background to her new position.  She comes to the Fort Wayne-Allen County […]

‘Flu Bug’ campaign wins marketing award

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (March 19, 2015). – The Department of Health’s flu vaccination media campaign got a gold award at the 2015 Advertising Honors hosted by the American Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne. The goal of the 2014-15 flu vaccination campaign was to raise awareness and increase overall seasonal flu vaccination coverage rates in Allen […]

Hospitals lift visitor restrictions as flu cases drop

         FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Jan. 20, 2015). – Effective immediately, Allen County hospitals are lifting visitor restrictions put in place last month to guard against the flu. For the safety of patients and staff over the last four weeks, the hospitals have been limiting patient visits to two visitors per patient at […]

Protect your health by testing your home for radon gas

January is National Radon Action Month; free test kits available while supplies last FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Jan. 16, 2015). – You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year […]

Department launches improved website and inspection records portal

Consumers now have instant access to health inspection results on their mobile devices FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Jan. 12, 2015). – The Department of Health is kicking off the new year by launching a redesigned website and a separate web portal that will allow residents to look up health inspection records right from their computer, smartphone […]

Flu activity prompts hospital visitor restrictions

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Dec. 18, 2014). – Allen County Public health officials are recommending temporary visitation restrictions for area hospitals in response to increased flu activity and the county’s first influenza-related death this season. Due to a sudden rise in influenza activity, Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan is recommending that healthcare facilities impose […]

Medical providers working to absorb pain clinic patients

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Dec. 12, 2014). – Allen County’s medical, mental health and pharmacy providers are rallying together to help solve an urgent public health issue caused by the closing of a pain clinic practice in northeast Indiana. Dr. William Hedrick, who operated nine clinics under the name Indiana Pain Centers (previously the Centers for […]

Department of Health recommends signage to assess travel history

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (October 28, 2014). – Visitors to schools and other facilities are being asked to report any travel outside the United States to front office staff as part of ongoing efforts to minimize the public health risks from the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health has […]

County health agencies ramp up for emerging disease threat

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (October 9, 2014). – Protecting Allen County residents from emerging disease threats is a core function of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health, but we do not do it alone. Together with our community partners, including Lutheran Health Network and Parkview Health, we have demonstrated our ability to respond rapidly and […]

Local health department leaders win prestigious awards

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Sept. 26, 2014) – Leaders of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Health Department have been separately honored by their colleagues in public health. Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan was awarded the prestigious Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work from the American Public Health Association (APHA) and […]