County health clinic needs more room PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 09:40
With services expanding at the Wood County Health District's clinic thanks to a federal grant, the agency needs more room to grow.
The Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center, operated within the health district, will receive $787,500 for a 15-month period beginning in 2014, and $650,000 the next year. If terms of the grant, which include extra services and an increased client load, are met, it will become an ongoing source of funding.
County commissioners heard a very basic proposal Thursday from Health Commissioner Pam Butler, two members of the board of health, and Ben Batey, who is director of nursing in the health district and CEO of the health center.
"We've always been the safety net, but this will help us do more and provide more services," Butler said of the grant.
"It's a big win for Wood County," Batey added, though the award is not without challenges.
"We don't have any room for any of this expansion, so we would like to be able to add on to the building," Butler said.
The group got the OK to contact Poggemeyer Design Group, which helped build the current facility, for preliminary design work.
Plans could easily change, but the most sensible location would be on the east side of the building near the nursing division. No square-footage or cost estimates were available, but the new space would include a board room with a separate entrance and restrooms, so it could be rented by other agencies and community organizations. About 10 staff parking spaces would need to be eliminated.
"It looks like that's the best space," Butler said.
"We get a lot of regional requests (and) state requests to use our board room, and we are really stretching the size of our board room with the number of people who come in and use that space."
The grant allows for up to $100,000 in renovations in the first year but would address reorganization of clinic space. The building expansion would need to be paid for separately from grant or levy funds, likely up-front by the county with the health district making rent payments.
The expansion would leave room for future growth as services continue to expand, with a pharmacy planned and the long-range option of including a dental center.
"We want to become a medical home. Everybody thinks of us as the place of last resort for health care. What we want to become is the place for health care," Butler said.
"I know that sounds like a lofty goal, but it's not."

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