Monday, April 18, 2011

Regional Health Dept To Hold Open House

The public is invited to join Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN, General Services Commissioner Steven Cates and regional representatives of the Tennessee Department of Health on Tuesday at 1 pm for an open house and celebration of the state’s new Upper Cumberland Regional Health Office at 1100 England Drive in Cookeville.

The new 50,000+ square-foot facility, which provides space for the Upper Cumberland Regional Health Office staff, a regional training center and clinic, was designed and constructed to earn LEED platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council. LEED is a system for verifying that a building was designed and constructed using environmentally-friendly strategies to improve energy savings, water usage, indoor environmental quality and use of resources. The application for certification has been submitted and the state is awaiting approval.

Some of the energy-efficient building’s features include recycled and sustainable materials like countertops made from recycled windshield glass, floors made with fly ash, cork wall coverings, and furniture and decorative panels made from recycled plastic. The Upper Cumberland Regional Health Office is responsible for leadership and management of 14 county health departments: Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren and White. Examples of services offered include immunizations, well child/EPSDT screenings, WIC and nutrition, children’s special services, breast and cervical cancer screening, family planning, HIV counseling and testing, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, tuberculosis testing and treatment and communicable disease control.