A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday December 12 for the new Dr. Martha B. Fay Public Health Center/Chatham County Health Department that will be located behind the existing health department on the corner of Eisenhower Drive and Sallie Mood Drive. Construction of the new facility is scheduled to be completed in April 2013.
The new $8.5 million, 40,000 square foot building will house a variety of public health programs including child health, family planning, the Women, Infant, and Children’s program, vital records, and a laboratory. In addition, the Environmental Health Division, currently located on Mall Boulevard, will also be located in the new health department. Health department officials will pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification in an effort to ensure that the building is as energy efficient as possible.
Several city and county officials were on hand for the ceremony. Participants included Chatham County Commission Chairman, Pete Liakakis; Savannah Mayor and outgoing Board of Health member, Otis Johnson; outgoing Chatham County Board of Health Chair, Dr. Roslyn Taylor; incoming Chatham County Board of Health Chair and Chatham County Commissioner, Harris Odell, Jr.; and Ms. Libby Fay, daughter of the late Dr. Martha B. Fay, a lifelong public health advocate for whom the health department was renamed in 2008.
Remarks on behalf of the Fay family were made at the ceremony by Ms. Libby Fay.
“The citizens of Chatham County deserve a health department that will meet the growing demand for public health services,” said W. Douglas Skelton, M.D., Health Director of the Coastal Health District. “The new building will help facilitate better patient flow and provide our community with a complete range of services all under one roof.”