Friday, April 30, 1999

Health center closes after 70 years

Northern Kentucky facility's services change locations

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A 70-year tradition at 912 Scott Boulevard ends today, when the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department's oldest health center closes its doors and moves its services to four other locations.

        In an era of managed care, declining use of the antiquated building helped contribute to its demise, a health department spokeswoman said. However, no services or staff are being cut because of the move, and some services will actually be expanded.

        “There won't be anything that the people in the community will be missing,” said Peggy Patterson, public health in formation manager for the health department.

        In recent years, the health district has steadily phased out services offered at 912 Scott, sending many of them to the Dressman Health Center at nearby 634 Scott, as well as to centers in Boone, Campbell and Grant counties, Ms. Patterson said.

        The only services still being offered at the 912 Scott location were sexually transmitted infection screening and treatment, tuberculosis control services and case management, and vaccines for international travel.

        The first two services are moving to the Dressman Health Center, while the international travel vaccine service will be moved to the Boone County Health Center at 7505 Burlington Pike in Florence, “where it will be closer to the airport and the clientele who were using it the most,” Ms. Patterson said.

        In another change, the preventive health screening programs for everything from blood pressure to cholesterol will be run from the four remaining health centers, Ms. Patterson said.

        The closing of Northern Kentucky's oldest health center will save the health district $50,000 a year, plus a one-time cost of $25,000 for building improvements, Ms. Patterson said.

        Kenton County Project Manager Rob Thrun said officials may consider using the soon-to-be-vacated health center for county office space, or possibly leasing it.

        “I don't think there's been any determination (of its future use) at this point,” Mr. Thrun said. “While it's an older building, it's in pretty good shape. It has an elevator and is handicapped accessible.”


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