Aubree Smith might have been oblivious to her environment, however her mom Cori Weems was happy with the brand new Morgan County Health Department whereas cradling 5-week-previous Aubree within the facility’s ready room Wednesday morning.
Weems, who lives in Hartselle, mentioned the brand new $four million facility on U.S. 31 South is nicer and extra handy than the previous division constructing on Cherry Avenue Northeast in downtown Decatur.
“It looks like there’s extra workers,” Weems mentioned.
Judy Smith, the state Department of Public Health administrator for the seven-county space, is as happy with the constructing as Weems is of Aubree.
“It’s an exquisite and environment friendly constructing that we really feel like will serve the neighborhood with satisfaction,” Smith mentioned.
The new location on U.S. 31 within the Flint space is extra centrally positioned than the previous location in far north Decatur, Smith mentioned.
The division moved into the 25,000-square-foot constructing over the previous three weeks.
The transfer allowed the Health Department to consolidate operations and as much as 70 workers in a single location. The county well being office was within the Cherry Avenue constructing in-built 1971, and Smith’s seven-county space office was within the Albany Govt Constructing on Gordon Drive Southeast.
Ending touches resembling paint and polish are the one chores remaining, Smith mentioned.
“All of the little issues you might have whenever you transfer right into a facility,” she mentioned.
Glenda Chapman, who enrolls mothers for the Girls, Infants and Kids meals voucher program, mentioned she “simply loves” her new work space.
“It’s more room, and it simply flows simpler with the sufferers,” she mentioned.
The new constructing contains modern options resembling movement sensors to show off lights in unoccupied places of work, modern laboratories, a convention room with distant video conferencing capabilities and a coaching middle that may double as a neighborhood assembly room.
The former Health Department on Cherry Avenue was outdated, Smith mentioned. It had house for applications which are not out there, resembling a state laboratory and air air pollution, she mentioned.
“This constructing has allowed us to be extra environment friendly,” Smith mentioned.
The Health Department in a 12 months can have greater than 35,000 medical visits, conduct about ,200 meals inspections, problem greater than $four million in WIC meals vouchers, serve ,000 Residence Health purchasers and reply to greater than ,400 well being emergencies.
Morgan County purchased the 5-acre website for $200,000 in March 2015 and donated it to the Alabama Health Care Authority, which issued bonds to construct the brand new facility. County crews did the location preparation work.
Building by Fite Constructing Co. started in January 2016.