The Southeastern Utah District Health Department is getting an upgrade for their office and clinic space. The facilities, currently located at 471 South Main in the Desert Plaza, will move to the old Office Equipment building at 757 S. Kane Creek Blvd.
The new location will offer more personal service and resources to the community, said Dave Cunningham, health director for SEUDHD. The new building will almost triple the amount of space for the health district offices, Cunningham said.
“Our facility is no longer adequate for the needs of the clinic employees or the patients,” said Cunningham. “There is no space for classes, and we often have to use churches, the Senior Center, or county and city conference rooms for important meetings or vaccination clinics.”
Cunningham also said the new building will allow nurses to have their own office, which will increase privacy.
The SEUDHD provides a number of services for area residents but works a lot with care for low-income families, women, and children. The health department provides a variety of services including adult and childhood immunizations, developmental screening for children, pregnancy testing, family planning, and a program for expectant mothers called “Baby Your Baby,” which helps low-income pregnant women receive Medicaid for the duration of their pregnancy, according to information on the department’s website.
The project will be funded through $871,664 in loan and grant money from the Utah Permanent Community Impact Fund Board (CIB), officials have said. SEUDHD is receiving a majority of the CIB funds as a loan, with repayment amounts equaling the current rent paid to occupy the Desert Plaza office, according to Cunningham.
Tea and Tea Construction, Inc, a contracting company from American Fork, Utah is completing the renovations.
“Tea and Tea came in with the lowest bid of four companies. Their proposal was actually under budget,” said Cunningham.
Most of the framing is finished, and plumbing and electrical work is underway, according to Cunningham. He said the clinic will likely be in the new office by the end of August.
ByBy Charli Engelhorn