Community health office set for move
WARRENSBURG, Mar 16, 2012 (The Daily Star-Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Johnson County Community Health Services will move to 723 PCA Road the last week of the month, Administrator Debbie Haller said Thursday.
The agency will maintain regular hours that week until Friday, then public health services will close at noon to move the agency's computer server.
"We won't be able to process birth certificates on the 30th," she said.
Haller said the agency will continue to provide environmental inspections, and home health and hospice services, and will take referrals Friday afternoon. Phone lines and the fax will operate at the Burkarth Road building for those services, she said.
"We have as many as 10 referrals on Friday afternoon," Haller said, as people are dismissed from the hospital.
If necessary, she said, the agency will provide communicable disease surveillance on Friday.
All departments will reopen at the PCA Road building Monday, April 2, she said.
The board awarded the bid for moving to Kansas City Moving and Storage, which Haller said "could fit our time frame."
"They're providing some really nice moving options," she said.
They include 25 "huge" boxes on wheels that will accommodate "irregular things" that will not fit in other boxes, and three-sided shelves on
wheels to allow staff to access packed medical supplies that will be put on the truck "at the last minute."
"I'm really, really impressed with the company," Haller said.
Movers visited the new building Wednesday and explained their procedures to protect the building during the move, she said.
Environmental Public Health coordinator Sabetha Kistner "did a marvelous job of scheduling" departments for the move, Haller said, adding that "IT and phone people are busy sorting out hundreds of phone lines and data cables for the big switch."
"I knew it was going to be quite an endeavor," Haller said.
She said the agency expects to receive the "substantially complete designation" on construction this week.
Staff members are excited "and very tired at the moment," she said, as final touches are put on the new building.
"We'll all be glad when the bulk of everything is over there and we start putting the new offices together," she said.
Haller said the agency will continue to use the 429 Burkarth Road location for CPR, First Aid and other classes, and health promotions.
The Regional Health Care Clinic also will remain at the site, she said.
The Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Food Program and environmental health services are moving to the new building, which will leave room to expand the clinic and the location of a free dental health clinic at the Burkarth Road site, Haller said.
A grand opening is set at the new building from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, Haller said.
A Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and a presentation by the Missouri Institute of Community Health will take place from 2 to 3 p.m., she said, followed by a reception and tours.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car staff will cook hot dogs from 4 to 6 p.m.
Haller said formal invitations will be sent to elected officials and community partners in the future.
The agency bought the former Production Credit Association building in 2010 for $727,500, using reserve funds, and contracted with Robert Rollings Architects, Sedalia, to design a remodel of the existing building and a new, 4,000-square-foot, two-story expansion.
Westport Construction, Clinton, served as general contractor for the construction.
The new facility almost doubles the space of the current quarters in the Burkarth Road facility, which had become cramped as the agency's services and staff expanded.
The agency has a long-term lease on that facility, which is part of the Western Missouri Medical Center campus.
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