Tribune-Courier News Reporter
It’s been a long time in the making, but starting on Thursday at 8 a.m. Marshall Countians will have access to the new Marshall County Health Department facility on Slickback Road.
Jennifer Brown, Health Services Manager of the Marshall County Health Department, said it was no surprise the community was anxious, as it has taken several years for the project to come to fruition.
“I think we might have more walk-ins opening day than there normally are, but we still have to follow the same registration procedures and schedules,” she said. “The staff is anxious to open at the new facility too.”
Brown said the new facility is state of the art compared to the one on 12th Street, which might lead to an increased amount of usage of services among the public.
She said it will have all new equipment and patients will be able to see the improvements wherever they are in the facility.
“One of the most exciting parts is that almost everything will be new,” she said. “Our patients will be able to see that and it will really make the experience more enjoyable for them.”
Brown said the staff is also anxious to begin offering the community its services.
“They’ve waited a long time for this so they are ready to serve their community,” she said.
The Marshall County Health Department closed last Thursday and Friday in order to pack up essential items at the old facility for the move into the new facility this week.
Brown said employees will be moving items from 12th Street to Slickback Road today and then on Wednesday will be performing safety and training drills in order to prepare for opening day on Thursday.
“We had to carefully consider when we would close because of our patients that need us, but regardless the way we’ve arranged it we will only be closed for four business days,” she said.
Last year the public and health department employees thought they would gain access to the facility, but because the building did not comply with state seismic requirements and the Americans with Disabilities Act the move was postponed.
Following those initial issues, the Marshall County Board of Health filed a lawsuit against the original architect and builder of the structure for failing to comply with state regulations and delaying the health department’s use of the building.
Now, after a thorough inspection and a year’s worth of renovations the facility is about to open.