By Portia Williams
According to reports, the Greenup County Health Department’s clinic in South Shore, Ky., will soon have a new home. The South Shore Department will operate from the new South Shore City Building beginning Sept. 8.
According to the GCHD, the move comes later than originally expected, due to some unforeseen delays and logistical changes.
GCHD Director Chris Crum said their department will join other healthcare agencies in the relocation.
“Fortunately, South Shore has had many healthcare agencies locate in the city since the health department first located there,” Crum said. “Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Christ Care, and Primary Plus have filled the role of safety net provider that has long been associated with the health department. Our focus on the health and safety of the residents of South Shore has us focused on the needs that we can best fill.”
Additional environmental services will also accompany the relocation.
“We will be adding convenient environmental services not previously offered, such as on site sewage permit applications and food service permit applications. Our focus on identifying health risk factors and reducing preventable diseases will have us providing regularly scheduled free health screenings,” he said. “And as always, the health department will be hosting flu immunizations clinics on a regular basis. Unfortunately, due to space constraints and our need to ensure privacy, we will no longer be providing family planning services or WIC at the South Shore location. Those services will still be available at our Greenup clinic location.”
GCHD officials said those who are currently receiving WIC benefits in the South Shore area should contact that office at 606-932-4546 as soon as possible to receive instructions for their next visit.
Crum said he is appreciative of the patience of South Shore Mayor Cheryl Moore.
“We appreciate Mayor Moore being patient as we finalize our move next month,” he said.
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