Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 14, 2014

Mercer Health Department begins moving back to Green Valley

By CHARLES OWENS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

GREEN VALLEY — After nearly three years of waiting, employees at the Mercer County Health Department were busy Monday moving equipment, files and boxes — lots of packed boxes — into their new state-of-the-art facility in Green Valley.

“It is typical — packing and unpacking,” health department Executive Director Susan Kadar said of the experience. “We don’t have as much furniture to move because we did get a lot of new items at the new place. But between the files, file cabinets and other equipment, there is quite a bit (to move).”

The county was awarded federal funding more than five years ago by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd for the construction of the new health department. The old facility had multiple problems, including mold, a leaking roof and poor insulation.

It was demolished in 2012 to make room for the new building.

The health department has operated for the past three years out of a temporary site at the St. Luke’s Professional Building in Bluefield.

Kadar said employees are thrilled to be moving into the new building.

“There is no word,” Kadar said. “We are beyond excited.”

Kadar said four offices were being moved Monday, including the clinic, physician’s office, public health office and the threat preparedness office. She said the move also will benefit the general public of Mercer County.

“We will be back in our old territory,” Kadar said. “It is more centrally located. It will be easier for folks to get to.”

Kadar said the move should be completed in about four days. The new building will be opened to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

In the meantime, flu shots will still be provided to the general public at the temporary location at the St. Luke’s Professional Building in Bluefield, which is located adjacent to the Behavioral Health Pavilion of the Virginias.

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com