Hospital Helping Health Department Relocate
KSAL Staff - Fri 09:01 AM 06/01/2012
Salina Regional Heath Center is working with city and county officials in helping relocate the Salina / Saline County Health Department.
A structure problem with the roof caused the agency to immediately close, and they must relocate. The recently discovered roof issue makes it necessary to close because it causes safety concerns. Officials are currently determining how to correct the problem.
Both Salina City Commissioners and Saline County Commissioners called special meetings Friday morning to discuss the issue.
City commissioners were told that the agency is working with Salina Regional Health Center in finding a new location. The hospital's executive committee has endorsed the idea of finding clinic space.
City Manager Jason Gage said that he hopes to have a proposal ready for commissioners to consider at their Monday meeting.
Health Department Executive Director Yvonne Gibbons says that she hopes that the agency can relocate early next week. In the interim they are going to provide as many services as they can. All health department out of office services can continue. But all services that take place inside the building have stopped.
Gibbons says that they may set up a temporary shelter in the parking lot to offer very basic medical services, things like TB skin tests.
Clients with upcoming appointments will be contacted by health department staff to reschedule or make other arrangements for receiving essential services.