A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 17, at the new Dr. Martha B. Fay Public Health Center/ Chatham County Health Department facing Sallie Mood Drive and located behind the old facility. The public is invited to attend.
The 33,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility includes a high-tech patient flow system and an advanced emergency response center all within a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified structure which means that the building will be extremely energy efficient.
The Health Department is home to multiple exam rooms for both child health and adult health services; family planning services; vital records (birth and death certificates); immunization and travel-services; the Women, Infant, and Children’s (WIC) program; tuberculosis services; and environmental health services.
“Everyone in Chatham County benefits from public health services either directly or indirectly and deserves the best public health has to offer. This new facility is part our commitment to provide that,” said Diane Weems, M.D., Coastal Health District Health Director.
Chatham County Health Department officials have worked with faculty andgraduate students from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to develop interior color schemes and choose appropriate displays, including original graduate student artwork, to enhance the building’s interior spaces.
The Chatham County Health Department was officially renamed the Dr. Martha B. Fay Public Health Center in 2008 in recognition of the leadership, vision, and passion of local public health advocate Dr. Martha B. Fay. Dr. Martha B. Fay dedicated herself to promoting and protecting the health of the citizens of Chatham County and the state of Georgia for more than 40 years. She served on the Chatham County Board of Health for more than three decades and was instrumental in developing both public health and mental health community services.