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Nursing Services/Bio- terrorism - Portage County  Health Department



Rosemary Ferraro R.N., B.S.N., Nursing Director

Bioterrorism Coordinator: Kim Villers, RN, BSN

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Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 Monday through Friday
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Local Health departments are first responders in the event of a Bioterrorism incident.  The United States Department of Homeland Security has issued grants to all local and state health departments in the country in order to address Bioterrorism attacks against our country.

Portage County is working collaboratively with Kent and Ravenna City health departments to develop county-wide response plans.  We have also included in our plans assistance from community agencies such as:

  • Portage County Emergency Management Agency
  • Robinson Memorial
  • Infection Control
  • Emergency Management Services
  • First Responders: Fire/paramedics
  • Law Enforcement
  • American Red Cross
  • United Way 211(First Call for Help)
  • Mental Health & Recovery Board
  • Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA)

Portage County has a part time Bioterrorism Coordinator: Kim Villers, RN, BSN. She can be reached at 330-296-9919 if you have bioterrorism related questions.

Each local health department has 24hour 7 day 365 days per year coverage for notification of a public health emergency or Bioterrorist event. The coverage is by the local Health Commissioners:                 

  • DuWayne Porter, M.P.H., R.S.       Portage County
  • John Ferltio, R.S.                           Kent City
  • Lynette Blasiman                           Ravenna City

If you would like to report an unusual incident notify the Portage County Sheriff or the appropriate Law Enforcement. They will notify the appropriate Health Commissioner.

Contact Us

449 S. Meridian St., 3rd Floor, Portage County Admin. Bldg.
Ravenna, Ohio 44266
Ph: 330-296-9919  Fax: 330-297-3597 E-Mail:

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