For Immediate Release
April 5, 2012
Health District ready for Second Phase of Move
Galveston County and Cities – On April 12th and 13th, the Galveston County Health District (GCHD) will begin the second phase of a planned three phase move to Galveston County’s new Mid-County Annex at 9850-A Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City. During the first move in February the District’s administrative offices and vital statistics services moved to the new facility. The third and final move will be the Texas City Coastal Health and Wellness clinic site.
The second phase will see the District’s Community Health Programs move which includes mammogram programs, public health emergency preparedness, tuberculosis services, community health nursing, STD/HIV services, and the relocation of the Texas City WIC and immunization sites to the new building.
GCHD’s Environmental Health Programs will also be in the second phase move which provides air and water pollution services, consumer health services such as permits and inspections, and water testing through their public health laboratory.
A third Health District department that will be relocating to the new building is the administrative and billing offices for the Galveston Area Ambulance Authority (GAAA). The Authority provides emergency medical services to a large part of Galveston County and also operates a non-emergency transfer service.
After the second phase, the public will be able to access a wide variety of Health District services at one location. “We remain grateful to the public and policy makers for a new facility that is allowing us to consolidate 180 staff that has previously been in four locations,” says Dr. Mark Guidry, District CEO. "We are stepping up to the plate, readying ourselves to provide excellent public health services."
One notable change that comes with the move has been the establishment of the District’s new business center. The center offers one-stop business services for paying permit fees, and has centralized vital records. All birth and death records are now being issued from the Mid-County Annex for the entire county.
The Mid-County Annex is the result of a bond issued passed by county voters in 2008 that included a new Animal Resource Center and a consolidated facility for Health District services, including the Coastal Health and Wellness Clinic in Texas City.
Besides the Mid-County Annex, GCHD has additional staff and services at EMS stations, WIC and immunization clinics in Dickinson and Galveston; and the Coastal Health and Wellness clinic site in Galveston.
GCHD will maintain two customer contact centers once the Mid-County Annex move is completed. For Coastal Health and Wellness clinics, residents may call (409) 938-2234; for all other public health services call (409) 938-7221. At all times the GCHD web site may also be accessed for information at www.gchd.org.
“During this time of transition, we ask the public for their patience and understanding as we make this big move. Ultimately our new facilities will help us provide more and better service to Galveston County residents,” Guidry said.
As published 04/10/12 in Galveston Daily News
(News Media: For more information contact Kurt Koopmann, GCHD Public Information Officer, 409-938-2211 or firstname.lastname@example.org)