Pascagoula, Miss – The Jackson County Health Department will hold a grand opening at 10 a.m. on August 26, 2010, too officially open the doors of the county’s new health department building. The original Jackson County Health Department building was made unusable by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005.
The new Jackson County Health Department is located at 4600 Vega Street in Pascagoula. The ribbon cutting will take place in the atrium of the new 24,000 square foot facility.
“As we approach the five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina we are delighted to have this wonderful new facility in Jackson County,” said State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “Jackson County residents can now receive health department services in a more comfortable atmosphere and in an updated, state-of-the-art facility.”
Mississippi State Department of Health officials will be joined by representatives from the Jackson County Board of Supervisors, the Governor’s Office and the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
The new facility is 10,000 square feet larger than the original Jackson County Health Department building and features 23 medical examination/interview rooms, spacious patient waiting rooms and convenient parking. A 2,500 square foot section of the new building can also be used as a short term emergency shelter and is built to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) tough “361 Safe Room” requirements.
Total construction cost for the new Health Department building was $4.5 million. The project was funded by a $4 million federal block grant obtained by the MDA on behalf of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors. Additional funds for the construction were provided by the Mississippi Department of Human Services, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and FEMA Long Term Recovery.
For more information on services offered at the Jackson County Health Department, visit www.HealthyMS.com.