Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins and state officials on March 27 celebrated the grand opening of the Bernalillo County Community Health Center, a newly-renovated building that will house the local New Mexico Department of Health office and a nonprofit adoption services provider.
The 58,000 square foot facility at 2400 Wellesley Drive N.E. is completely renovated and will serve as a new home for many vital public health and community services provided to Bernalillo County residents by the Department of Health and La Familia.
“We’re pleased to offer our Bernalillo County families easier access to important health services." says Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins. "This new facility is larger, more modern, and far more convenient than our old location and provides a much more appropriate setting for residents who need these services."
The new Bernalillo County Community Health Center replaces the 1950s-era Stanford Public Health Office on the north campus of the University of New Mexico. The new center is located near two major transit corridors and just off the intersection of I-40 and Carlisle -- with plenty of free parking.
The public health office, named the Midtown Public Health and Region Office, is operated by the New Mexico Department of Health.
The office provides the following services: Vital records such as birth certificates; immunizations; an infectious disease clinic; family planning services; and office space for Department of Health regional planning staff, among other services.
“This new facility will allow us to better serve our customers. The expanded space inside gives customers more privacy as they speak with staff,” says Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “The Department of Health is thankful to Bernalillo County leaders and workers for the great collaboration on this project.”
The Department of Health will continue to use existing phone numbers at the new office. The main number remains 505.841.4100.
The new facility also houses La Familia, a foster care and adoption services nonprofit. La Familia provides critical counseling, social work and related support services to hundreds of New Mexicans and their families every year.
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