Port Arthur health service is moving


PORT ARTHUR – The Port Arthur Public Health Department has a new home.

The building at 5860 Ninth St. was once used by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, but they have since moved to a new facility on Jimmy Johnson Boulevard, according to Judith Smith, director of the city’s health department. .

The new building, which is being completed in collaboration with Sigma Engineers Inc., of Beaumont, will have space for administrative offices, adult services, Nurse Family Partnership, primary health care, environmental health, emergency preparedness. public health, immunization, vital statistics and records. , an infant and children’s division, an employee health clinic, an infectious disease clinic (currently fighting the COVID-19 pandemic) and a fitness center.

The new facility will also open up the health service to treat more people. Right now, the department treats more than 3,000 people a month, according to Smith. People come not only from Port Arthur but also from Nederland, Groves, Port Neches and other surrounding towns. She does not have an estimate of how many people the new center will serve, but she is sure the number will increase.

“All divisions of the new health department will be bigger than what we have now,” she said. “More people will come more than likely will arrive. “

The current building, which was sold to Motiva, has had a few leaks and air conditioning issues over the years, but no hurricane flooding. The new building, however, experienced extensive flooding after Tropical Storm Harvey, and remedying this is a top priority for engineers, architects and, eventually, construction workers.

“The architects and engineers have been working on the development of architectural drawings and construction documents for the tender, with a completion date of December 10, 2021,” said Deputy City Manager Pamela Langford. “To date, they are about 65% complete. “

The tender is expected to take place in January 2022, with construction expected to begin next month.

Due to the global rise in the cost of materials, largely attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction may be delayed. The project currently costs $ 4.5 million, but that figure could easily double or triple in such an unpredictable market.

However, all other things being equal, the plan should proceed as originally conceived.

“At the moment we think we appear to be on schedule,” Langford said. “It would be a critical facility for the town of Port Arthur. “

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