Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 19, 2014

New Mercer County Health Department facility dedicated

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BECKLEY —  Local dignitaries, state dignitaries and the public gathered this morning to dedicate a project many years in the making — the new Mercer County Health Department building.

 The building replaces the old facility that was built on the same site in 1955, Mercer County Commission President Mike Vinciguerra told the guests gathered in the new structure’s lobby.

U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., said the health department provides extremely valuable services to the community.

“In large part, the eradication of many infectious diseases across this nation is due to the dedicated persistence, meticulous head counting, and watchful eyes of the men and women of county and local health departments and boards,” Rahall said.

Melody Rickman, the health department’s former administrator, thanked everyone in attendance for their work and contributions toward making the new facility a reality.

“Now the job is yours, to keep it up, provide the services, and don’t let your guard down for a minute,” Rickman told the health department’s staff.