Health Department shifts hours, programs to improve efficiency
The Mesa County Health Department is to cut its service hours and make some immunization programs available by appointment only starting next week, a series of changes prompted by budget cuts.
Although there’s no real cost savings in the shift in hours, it will allow department personnel to handle other duties more efficiently, such as operating its recently opened Community Services West operation in Fruita, department spokeswoman Kristy Emerson said.
Beginning Monday, the Health Department at 510 29 1/2 Road will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and closed Friday.
Previously, the department was open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and until 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday.
The department effectively will be open two to three hours fewer each week, Emerson said.
The new by-appointment-only policy applies only to immunizations, tuberculosis screenings and throat cultures. Those vaccinations also will be available at the new Fruita facility.
Emerson said officials hope to use the time the department will be closed to the public to conduct special immunization clinics.
“What we’re hoping to do on Fridays instead of taking those appointments, we’ll have staff available to do special clinics like when we do back-to-school immunizations in the fall, or when we do our flu campaign,” she said.
To schedule an appointment, call 248-6900.