The Ottawa County Health Department welcomes Diane Kokinda to its staff as the new Director of Nursing.
Kokinda, a Port Clinton resident, began working with the department on Jan. 6.
She oversees a number of the programs including those with emphasis on family planning, home care and community outreach focused on services for teens.
“She’s jumping in with both feet,” said Ottawa County Health Commissioner Nancy Osborn. “She fits into the mix and she has a good sense of humor along with the professionalism.”
A Danbury High School graduate, Kokinda earned her registered nursing degree at the University of Toledo, Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. She graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Kokinda has worked for several other area agencies including Home Instead Senior Care, Toledo Hospital and Magruder Hospital. However, she has spent the majority of her nursing career at Firelands Community Hospital in Sandusky, where she was employed as a post anesthesia care unit RN from 1992 to present.
“My first love has always been patient care at the bedside,” said Kokinda.
But family dynamics are changing, Kokinda explained. She is married to Rich Kokinda. The couple has two sons, Zach and Jake, a freshman and seventh-grader respectively.
And as her children grow, she saw a need to chart a new course in her career to better fit into the new lifestyle, Kokinda said. The new job brings her closer to home with a more predictable schedule.
Kokinda can be reached at the Ottawa County Health Department, 1856 E. Perry St., weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The health department telephone number 419-734-6800.