Liberty Township parts ways with medical director, hires new one

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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - After 28 years of being the medical director for Liberty Township, Dr. Warren Yamarick's contract has not been renewed and trustees have voted to hire someone new.

Before Tuesday night's meeting, Liberty Township Trustee Melanie Leneghan told the crowd talks are still in place concerning Delaware County coming in and helping with local emergency medical services.

However, she said if things continue in the direction they currently are it appears as if Liberty Township will be able to keep all of its employees.

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Originally, there was discussion of possibly cutting up to 18 employees currently on the EMS staff.

Trustee Leneghan and Trustee Mike Gemperline would not second two motions by Trustee Eichhorn that would have rejected the Delaware County EMS proposal from November, which mentioned the 18 personnel cuts. They also would not second a motion that would have made Liberty Township as the primary provider of Fire and EMS in the township.

Trustees also did not approve a measure that would allow the current medical director, Dr. Warren Yamarick, continue his duties for 2019.

Instead, with two votes, the board voted and approved a measure for a new medical director, Dr. Ashish Panchal with the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Panchal is also the medical director for Delaware County.

Eichhorn says the move does not make sense.

"From a fiscal standpoint, from a runs standpoint, from the residents...I have yet to see any advantage of us switching to the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center," she said.

Eichhorn says it cannot be about saving money, because Dr. Yamarick was getting paid $6,000 a year and the new medical director will receive $34,000 a year.

Dr. Yamarick, who served as medical director for the township for 28 years, did not speak at Tuesday's meeting.

He also declined to comment following the meeting. He filed a suit last week against Trustee Melanie Leneghan for kicking him out of a public meeting earlier in January. The suit says Leneghan impeded on his right to speak at a public meeting. 10TV is also mentioned in that suit.

Yamarick received a standing ovation from those in attendance, thanking him for his service.

"This is not the way it should have been done and I'm very sorry that you were treated in this manner," Eichhorn said of Yamarick. "Because you didn't deserve it."

Dr. Panchal is set to take over as the medical director as of Feb. 1. Trustee Leneghan says more information will come out in upcoming meetings concerning the new EMS direction the township is looking to take.