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Health Department move slows services

Services will be curtailed at the Nevada County Community Health Department until Thursday due to a move.

The agency once located in the HEW Building on Willow Valley Road moved half of its people Monday to a newly purchased county building at 500 Crown Point Circle in Grass Valley. The other half will move in Wednesday, according to Rona Martin, an administrative assistant.

“We’ve kept a skeleton crew to run the day-do-day operations,” Martin said. “We’ve limited our services to vital records and taking phone calls” until the move is complete.



According to county Assistant CEO Laura Matteson, the health department will share the building bought by the county for $3.1 million with the Behavioral Health Department, which is slated to move in the next week or two.

“They’re supposed to all be in by June 1,” Matteson said. Adult Protective Services may also move to the building eventually after an existing tenant moves out in two years. That would bring the three agencies together for more of a one-stop area for clients.




The new 22,401-square-foot building won’t give the departments any more room on paper, but “the HEW Building was cobbled up and it wasn’t conducive to an office setting,” Matteson said. “There will be better efficiencies in the new building; there was a lot of wasted space in HEW,” the former county hospital.

The maintenance costs at the HEW building have been high, and there were health issues with mold, Matteson said. “We want to decommission the building at some point. It hasn’t been a great building.”

Phone numbers for the health department will remain the same but the fax number has changed to (530) 271-0837, Martin said.

The WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Department, formerly on the HEW building grounds, will remain at 471 Sutton Way, Suite 204, Grass Valley. The Teen Clinic will remain there in the modular building at 10433 Willow Valley Road until further notice.

Already gone and moved to a building on Highway 49 near the Rood Center is the Buildings and Grounds Department. The county Elections Office, also located at the HEW Building, will not be moved into the Rood Center until December, Matteson said.

“We want to get them past the November election,” she said.

What the county will do with the land on which the HEW Building stands will be discussed later this year, Matteson said.

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To contact senior staff writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theuniorn.com or call 477-4237.

Dr. Glaister Dawkins has been named the interim public health officer to replace Dr. Brent Packer as the county gears up to find his successor.

Dawkins is a long-standing county physician.

Packer resigned two weeks ago, saying he was misused and badly treated by county CEO Rick Haffey and his immediate supervisor, Human Services Agency Director Jeff Brown.

Brown denied Packer’s charges, and Haffey said the physician had trouble following direction.

– Dave Moller


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