By LISA LAW
AMERICUS — The Sumter County Health Department has moved from its former location on Rucker Street to its new offices at 1601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
“Although, the front entrance faces Lester Street,” said Sumter County Nurse Manager Luneda Brown, the address is Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Brown said there were still boxes to unpack, but they are open and ready to serve the public.
According to Brown, the previous building, at 208 Rucker St., had taken all it could take and there was a need for a new facility. The building was approved and the Sumter County Board of Health matched the half-million in funds needed to successfully complete the construction and renovation.
“We had outgrown the other building,” she said, opening the door to the newly waxed tiled floors.
Excited about showing the building, Brown made her way through the freshly painted interior of Suite 100 of the newly constructed Sumter County Government Center.
The Sumter County Health Department is the first to occupy the building. The suite consists of three public health services which Brown explains thoroughly.
“Our department has three departments: Woman Infants and Children (WIC) health, district clinical services and local public health services and environmental health,” she said.
According to Brown, a lot of work and input went into designing the health department’s section of the building.
“What is so unusual is we (the staff) designed this building; the architects did not. We knew how things should flow,” she said, possess experience in the ebb and flow of public health.
Serving an estimated 2,000 clinical clients a month, not including other services provided, the public health sector looks forward to providing its customers with optimal care in an efficient manner.
“We have everything all color coded,” Brown said, making her way down a long corridor which had several doors opening into sterile exam rooms, vision screening rooms, immunizations rooms and medical records.
“We have a net printer which tells us who is out in the waiting area waiting. We have a conference room. We have had one meeting since our move. Our meetings (Sumter County Board of Health) are held on the second Mondays of the month at 12:30 p.m.,” Brown said. The meetings are open to the public.
“We have a total of eight exam rooms. We even have an inside waiting area that is in need of a television for educational purposes, if anyone wishes to donate one,” she said with a laugh.
Brown said an open house for the new facility is scheduled and will be announced to the public.
Call for appointments and directions, 924-3638.