Ready for business

The Hamilton County Public Health department made what appears to be a nearly seemless move into its new headquarters at 820 James St.

The department began its move from the former location at the corner of Division and Seneca streets to the new facility located just north of Hy-Vee last week. The office opened again for business on Monday.

The building, the former United Auto Workers hall, was purchased by the county and was remodeled to create more suitable accommodations for the health department.

Shelby Kroona, Public Health administrator said in a November interview that the building has a more efficient floor plan than their former building. Public areas, including the reception area, exam and consulting rooms will be separated from a secure area of the building that will contain medical records, storage space an office area for nurses and a break room. She said public health staff are very exited to work in the new facility.

“We were really intentional about how we laid out the building. It will improve our nurse’s efficiencies and the way they interact with each other. It will be better for everyone involved,” Kroona said.

The first day of operation was Monday and on Tuesday, the department held its first Women, Infants and Children clinic at the new facility, Supervisor Chairman Doug Bailey said.

Most everything is moved in, he said, and systems should be up and functional in the next few days. Agency officials began moving items to the new building late last week.

“Public Health employees need to be commended on this move,” said Young. “We did the general move of the chairs, desks and bookcases, but at the end, each individual employee took a personal interest and went beyond what they would have needed to have done.”

“Everyone really pitched in,” he said.

Bailey said the Public Health department would maintain the same telephone number, 832-9565.