Continuing service to mankind
Ribbon cutting held at Shashi Station Friday
The Webster City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Friday at the new location of Hamilton County Public Health at 1610 Collins Street in Webster City.
“This is a very long time coming,” said Hamilton County Board of Supervisor Doug Bailey of the effort to bring a variety of county health services under one roof.
Originally founded as the Webster City Medical Clinic by Dr. Subhash Sahai, Dr. Sushma Sahai, and Dr. Anil Sahai in 1983, it was dedicated to the “service of mankind.” In 2017, the Webster City Medical Clinic merged with Van Diest Medical Center and the building sat vacant.
The VDMC gifted the building to Hamilton County in 2018 and the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors have been working to bring a variety of health and public services together in one location.
“Today we are celebrating the first phase of the project,” said Bailey. The building, named Shashi Station, houses Hamilton County Public Health, Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc., Head Start, Hamilton County Emergency Management, Hamilton County Workforce Development, the WIC Clinic and the Webster City Free Clinic. “There are a wide variety of services – a one stop shop all in one location”.
The second phase planned for the 27,000 square-foot. building will include a drop-in mental health center tentatively set to open later this year or in early 2020, said Bailey.
Friday’s event also included the dedication of a plaque which honored the building’s original founders. Now named Shashi Station “where service to mankind continues,” the building was dedicated on Nov. 8, 2019 by Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Doug Bailey, Dan Campidilli and Rick Young.
“I think this design will create a greater awareness of what is available,” said Bailey.