New Chatham Co. Health Dept. Facing Sallie Mood Dr. Now Open
The new location of the Martha B. Fay Public Health Center/Chatham County Health Department is now open. The 33,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is located between the former health department and the Savannah-Chatham Humane Society. It faces Sallie Mood Drive.
"This has been a long time coming and we are truly excited to show off our new location," said Diane Weems, M.D., Coastal Health District Health Director. "The design and openness of the building will create a welcoming environment and be more accommodating to those seeking public health services."
The new facility includes a high-tech patient flow system and an advanced emergency response center all within a 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.
Chatham County Health Department officials worked with faculty and graduate 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.
"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 Weems.
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.