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Morgan County gets new clinical building

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MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Folks in Morgan County who count on their local health department for medical care will have a new place to go.

For years, the area two portion of the Alabama Department of Public Health was divided into two buildings.

Flu shots and clinical visits were in one 50-year-old structure while the administration was in another building.

"At one time, it occupied the state lab. At one time, it occupied an air pollution division and there was actually very limited clinical services,” said area two administrator Judy Smith

Now, services and much more are changing with state labs in Montgomery and pollution going to other agencies.

"And now our clinical services have expanded tremendously. This county, Morgan County, did over 30,000 clinic visits last year. And that doesn't count the number of obstetrician visits or environmental health visits or other things that go on here,” said Smith.

She said there are advantages to everyone being under one roof.

“We can inter relate and see what the needs are and be more responsive to the community. But a greater advantage of this new building is that it's efficient and it's based on current needs,” she said.

The new building offers an entrance way leading to two reception areas for directions to the next stop.

"This is one of our registration areas and there are 10 of them,” said Smith.

Clinical visits here are like going to the doctor's office anywhere. But this offers much more.

"This is our mommy room. And this is a room that mothers will be allowed to breast feed their babies, and it also has a room that enters into what we call a peer counselor room so if they need assistance with helping to know how to breastfeed or any aspects of their child's care, then they'll have it,” she said.

Another big role for the state health department has to do with WIC, or Women, Infants and Children. That not only goes for babies up to age 5, but even for children who are still in the womb.

Pregnant moms get nutritious food, as do their children. And they're given nutrition education. The waiting rooms are modern and roomy, ready for visiting families.

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