Cumberland County Health Department debuts new home
The Community Health Center is more than double the size of the old building at 30,000 square feet.
"I think it's a wonderful thing," said County Commissioner Carmin Lynch. "The old building certainly served us well in the past, but it was certainly outdated and being overwhelmed by the people we are serving."
CROSSVILLE (WATE) - People in Cumberland County are getting extra help fighting and treating illnesses thanks to a new health department in their community.
The new facility is on 1503 South Main Street in Crossville and took just a little over a year to be built.
The old Cumberland County Health Department structure was built in 1966, and was too small and very outdated.
The new facility, which is being called the Community Health Center, is more than double the size at 30,000 square feet.
"It's an awfully pretty building," said patient Clyde Barnett. "Everybody inside is nice and friendly."
A lot of work went into getting this new facility built. A $4.5 million grant from the Affordable Care Act as well as county dollars got the project off the ground.
"The county commission voted to purchase the land because the grant couldn't be used for land purchase, and that was about a half million dollars," said County Commissioner Carmin Lynch. "We had to commit to almost 15 percent match on whatever the end cost of the of building was."
Lynch says the final numbers have not come in, but he feels the county will be paying an additional $600,000 to $700,000 towards the project.
"I think it's a wonderful thing," said Lynch. "The old building certainly served us well in the past, but it was certainly outdated and being overwhelmed by the people we are serving."
The health department sees more than 28,000 patient visits every year. Lynch says this is roughly 30 percent of the people in the county, and more than half the patients they serve are uninsured.
The facility provides many services including primary care, cancer screenings and HIV testing.
"We are pleased with how it turned out," said Lynch. "The contractor did a wonderful job."
The new facility also has room to grow. Lynch says the building was constructed so additions can be made easily.
A grand opening for the new Cumberland County Health Department building will be held on March 20.