BLUEFIELD – A Mercer County health facility has its grand opening with state and local officials on hand.
The Mercer County Health Department in Bluefield officially opened its doors today.
U.S. Representative Nick Rahall spoke to those in attendance.
“In large part, the eradication of many infectious diseases across this nation is due to the dedicated persistence, meticulous head counting, and watchful eyes of the men and women of county and local health departments and boards,” Rahall said.
The project to build the new facility began when the department began seeking funding in 2006.
The Health Department can now offer clinical care in a state-of-the-art facility. Officials say it's a huge upgrade from a building that was falling apart.
“If it would rain outside, it would rain inside. We had mold growing. We had sub-standard plumbing. We had come from a building that was a dungeon and we know have a palace, so you can imagine our joy,” says Administrator Susan Kadar.
The late Senator Robert C. Byrd played a huge role in the facility, donating nearly $4 million to the project.