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New HC public health facility under renovation

November 15, 2012
Jim Krajewski ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

The new Hamilton County Public Health building, located at 820 James St. in Webster City, is undergoing renovations with an expected completion date of Dec. 21.

Public health administrator Shelby Kroona said construction is going smoothly in the former United Auto Workers building north of Hy-Vee.

"It's been very easy. Never having built a house, it's my first experience with remodeling anything. We really haven't hit any glitches at all," Kroona said.

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Public health administrator Shelby Kroona said the new facility will offer a much more efficient space for public health staff. Public health will move to the new facility in January. No exact date is set, but Kroona said it will be before Jan. 31.

Public health won't officially move into the new facility until January. Kroona said there will be a formal open house after the move in. The move won't affect many services that public health provides, but there will likely be no immunization clinics the week prior to and the week after the move. Community members looking to get immunized will likely have to set up a private appointment during the transition.

Kroona said the building is laid out much more efficiently than their current 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, and in a July interview, Kroona said patients will benefit as well.

"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.

Kroona said public health has been clearing out their current building in preparation for the move. She said staff have found pamphlets from the 1960's as they sort through materials. The new facility is smaller than their current building, but has ample storage space and a more efficient layout.

While there is no set date in January for public health to move their operations, Kroona said it will be no later than Jan. 31.



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