Greene County News
XENIA — Greene County Public Health broke ground Thursday afternoon on a new Health Services building to be located at 360 Wilson Dr., in Xenia adjacent to its current location.
A private ceremony was held with some of the guests including: local Boy Scouts, steel drum music by local musician Joseph Glenn, National Anthem by the Vocal Ensemble of the Dayton Philharmonic, remarks by the board of health president and health commissioner; commendation from Secretary of State John Husted’s office, remarks by Greene County Commissioner Tom Koogler, Sen. Bob Hackett and Rep. Rick Perales.
The new building will be approximately 25,000 square feet and include space for general administration, community health services, dental clinic services, medical clinic services, women, infants and children (WIC) services, environmental health services and health education.
The project is estimated for completion by Oct. 31, 2017.
The current building, constructed just after the Xenia Tornado in 1974, has served countless Greene County families for more than 42 years. Health district customers and clients benefit from the organization being situated at this location due to the proximity of other healthcare facilities and transportation routes. The existing facility has outlived its life expectancy and shows severe signs of aging and deteriorating conditions.
The estimated construction cost is approximately $4.7 million and will be paid for with combined funds received locally to fund public health in Greene County. Funding will not be provided through public tax dollars. The current tax levy can only be used for operating programs and clinics.
“Greene County Public Health is excited to help write the next chapter on the future of public health by responding rapidly to the evolving landscape in public health,” said Health Commissioner Melissa Branum. “At the new facility, we will continue to provide convenient, affordable services for children and pregnant moms, through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program; special services to medically and developmentally needy families; and quality dental care.”
For nearly 100 years, Greene County Public Health has responded to diseases that concern Greene County residents such as smallpox, anthrax, SARS, MERS-CoV, Ebola, and now Chikungunya and Zika. The current health challenges in Greene County include lack of good nutrition and physical activity; infant mortality; assuring individuals are screened for chronic disease conditions; cancer; substance use, including nicotine; and low immunization rates.
Greene County Public Health officials said new facility has been a long time in coming.
“We could not be prouder of the work Melissa Branum has done to make this happen,” Board of Health President Scott Filson. “The journey to the new building has been sometimes difficult, but Melissa has been inspirational and kept everyone focused on goal achievement.”
For more information about health department call 937-374-5600.
Greene County News report compiled by Merrilee Embs.