New Eastern Henrico health center to open Sept. 8

The new Eastern Henrico health center will open Sept. 8 on Laburnum Avenue, adjacent to the Eastern Henrico Recreation Cener.

The new 13,000-square-foot Henrico Health Department East Clinic will open on Laburnum Avenue on Sept. 8, offering expanded services for residents and easier accessibility to serve the county's growing population.

The goal is to increase the accessibility to healthcare for the residents of Eastern Henrico, according to Henrico Health Department Director Susan Fischer Davis.

“The new location, as well as the new East Henrico clinic itself, was needed to provide a modern and easily accessible clinic from which to provide the excellent public health services offered,” said Fischer Davis. “The new East Henrico clinic is on a bus line and readily seen from Laburnum Avenue. This will allow residents to have easier access to our services and programs."

The new center will replace a 7,500-square-foot facility in the Glen Echo Building on the Eastern Henrico Government Center campus on Nine Mile Road, which provided services such as family planning and immunizations to maternity care and STD testing for more than 100 clients a day.

The space there also was shared with Henrico County’s WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) program, a federal nutrition assistance program for low-income mothers.

The clinic spent more than 20 years in “temporary quarters” at the Glen Echo building. The 7,500-square-foot facility had failing heating and cooling systems, lead paint, asbestos and a difficult floor plan for a clinic.

Fischer Davis said it was simply time for the residents of Eastern Henrico to get the adequate health center they deserve.

“The new East Henrico clinic was built as a clinic [i.e., it was not an existing facility retrofitted to serve as a clinic] and provides state-of–the-art and ample space for delivery of client and patient services,” she said. “There are rooms designated for patient education and consultation, waiting areas large enough to hold patients and their families, and a negative pressure room for patients with certain suspected contagious diseases that can be accessed without patients going through other areas of the clinic.”

The state-of-the-art facility, loacated at 1400 North Laburnum Avenue, will offer much more usable space, large waiting areas for the clinic and the WIC program, eight state-of-the-art exam rooms, a 500-square-foot classroom and educational center and a nursing station. The $6.2-million project is funded by the county's Capital Improvement Program budget, and the space is leased to the Virginia Department of Health.

Fischer Davis said the site was an ideal location because it’s accessible by public transportation, as well as part of an education hub, given its close vicinity to Harvie Elementary, the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center and the site of a proposed library.

Collectively, those sites will create a small area that offers a multitude of community services that can benefit and enhance the lives of residents in that part of the county.

“We will have the capacity to provide Women Infant and Children (WIC) Nutritional Education and Peer Counseling training to a larger group of people instead of individually,” said Fischer Davis. “Also, the new East Henrico Clinic is located next to the new county recreation center, which enables residents to take advantage of the exercise rooms in the recreation center, as well as the outdoor space and programs aimed at improving health.”

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East Henrico Health Center

Address: 1400 North Laburnum Avenue, Henrico 23223

Opening date: Monday, Sept. 8

Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

Phone: (804) 652-3190

Internet: http://henrico.us/health

Services provided: Dental, family planning, immunization, maternity clinic, multi-service clinic, STD clinic, tuberculosis program, well-child clinic, WIC
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The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon at the Western Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck. Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers. Henrico dog licenses will be available for $10 for a one-year license and $15 for a three-year license. For details, call the Animal Protection Unit at (804) 727-8801. Full text

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