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Jacksonville Health Unit Now Twice as Big

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. - A ribbon-cutting on Monday highlighted completion of renovations at the Jacksonville Health Unit.

The work has which increased its size by over 1800 sq. feet and enhanced its range of services and accommodations to better serve its growing community. 

"It allows us to better meet the needs of the community and the county through expanded patient capacity, better patient flow, improved confidentiality, more handicap accessible, improvements in our WIC service and of course this beautiful parking lot," says Don Adams, ADH Center Director for Local Public Health.

The renovations, a collaborative effort between local leadership and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), provide space for clients to receive services in a more efficient way and allow for an increase in number of scheduled appointments. The unit resurfaced the parking lot and waiting room area to comfortably fit larger crowds. In the past, the waiting room could comfortably seat 15 clients; the new waiting room can seat up to 40.

“Investing in our citizens is always a net positive,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. “A thriving community and workforce is predicated on the overall health and well-being of its citizens.”

The health unit will now be able to serve up to 51 appointments every day, a 150 percent increase from its former 20-appointment maximum. In addition to serving more clients, it will now include updated exam rooms and an emergency triage room to prioritize a patient’s condition in an emergency situation or for incidents like bioterrorism.

Other additions will accommodate some specialized needs in the community, including an increased WIC area for breastfeeding and counseling. The updated waiting room will also allow more space for handicapped clients, and the bathrooms will now be handicap accessible. The updated clerical check-in section will now give clients more privacy as they come for various services.

“As healthcare facilitators, we must always move forward to meet the needs of our communities, and Jacksonville has certainly taken the proper steps in the right direction with these renovations,” Adams added. “It will now be able to serve more people every day and help make the Jacksonville community a healthier place to live.”

The renovations cost about $600,000 altogether, and the amount was collected from local tax funds, cash donations and in-kind services.


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