WINFIELD, W.Va. -- After months of financial struggle and uncertainty, the Putnam County Health Department has established a new home at 3282 Winfield Road, in Winfield.
The facility, which opened Monday, is housed in an office building directly across from Winfield Middle School.
According to Ashley Meadows, a licensed practical nurse for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department who has volunteered to work shifts at the Putnam agency, the new department is currently only offering vaccinations in Winfield, but Kanawha-Charleston administrators hope to expand its capabilities in the near future.
"Today was our first day, so word is still kind of getting out that we're here, but we're hoping people will drive by, or that they've heard we've moved and see if they can find us," Meadows said.
Members of the Kanawha-Charleston agency's staff have volunteered to work different days to fill the need in the Putnam agency, Meadows said, and she only knows what her schedule will look like the week it is given to her.
"I wanted to be able to help and to be able to fill the need here," she said. "I thought it would be good to do this for all of the people who don't have the transportation or the means of getting to Kanawha-Charleston or another county to have access to care."
The new facility has a waiting room, an administrative area, storage space for patient files and an exam room.
While the department's former space in Scott Depot had three to four exam rooms at a given time, at least two were perpetually "inactive," according to Lolita Kirk, administrator for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and interim administrator in Putnam County, and she believes the new facility will be able to keep up with demand.