Mecklenburg County Health Department

David T. Foster III / The Charlotte Observer

Dr. Marcus Plescia has resigned as head of the Mecklenburg County Health Department, effective Aug. 4, capping off months of uncertainty about his future as employees grumbled about his leadership and county leaders questioned his performance.

Questions still remain about why it took leaders of Mecklenburg County's health department eight months to realize at least 185 women weren't notified of abnormal cervical cancer screenings.  County commissioners heard about the error in a closed session meeting in January. Public Health Director Marcus Plescia says a nurse failed to do her job, and her supervisor didn't catch it.  They and two others involved in the incident are no longer with the health department. The problems became public last month after Fred Clasen-Kelly with the Charlotte Observer began inquiring about it.  He joined WFAE’s Marshall Terry.

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio and health director Marcus Plescia (left) talk to reporters Friday afternoon.
(via Mecklenburg County)

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio says she's frustrated by accusations that the county tried to cover up big delays in telling women results of their cervical exams. In a press conference Friday afternoon, she said three separate reviews of the situation are planned.

The Mecklenburg County Health Department is facing an independent review after county leaders say the department failed to notify 185 low-income women about their abnormal Pap smear results.

County Manager Dena Diorio said the neglect went unchecked for a period of eight months, even while many of the women should have been notified immediately.

http://www.carolinarain.org/voicesproject

A diagnosis of HIV can lead to a deep sense of isolation - so deep that the fear of talking about it can impact not only quality of life, but treatment, too. The Mecklenburg County Health Department and local advocates are addressing this problem through something called The Voices Project. It's a way for people affected by HIV to share their experience with the community, and it'll take the stage Monday night at the Knight Theater.