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Jeffco Public Health consolidating facilities

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New building offers easier access, better security

By Chris Ferguson

Jeffco Public Health is consolidating its Golden and Lakewood offices into a new location at 645 Parfet St. in Lakewood. The facility is on the north side of West Sixth Avenue. 

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It’s the first time in 23 years that Public Health has had the majority of its services under one roof, said spokeswoman Nancy Braden.

“The building will offer a lot better collaboration,” she said.

The Golden offices, which housed environmental health and administrative services, moved Jan. 24. Public Health’s offices at 260 S. Kipling St. in Lakewood, which include clinic services, health communications, the Women, Infants and Children program, immunizations and nurse home visitation programs, will be moving March 5-7.

No services will be offered on those three days. Officials expect services will be up and running at 645 Parfet St. by Monday, March 10.

Jefferson County purchased the 54,855-square-foot building on Parfet Street for $2.3 million in 2011. The building has undergone extensive remodeling, including architectural, mechanical, electrical, fire protection, security, plumbing, flooring and roofing.

Jeffco sold the Public Health building in Golden to the Colorado School of Mines for $900,000. The county sold the Lakewood building at West Alameda Avenue and South Kipling Street to Colorado Christian University for $3.75 million.

In the past, Jeffco health’s services were dispersed, said Jody Erwin, director of administrative services with Jeffco Public Health.

The county spent close to two years planning the new building, Erwin said.

The facility will offer far more space for exam rooms, document storage, educational facilities and room for staff. The site also has the added benefit of being only a few blocks from a light-rail stop. Because all services will be under one roof, the department will save on transporting documents and employees from one site to another, Erwin said.

The new facility will have a large clinic that combines immunization and family planning services. The space was designed to have better flow and higher security, and the new building is outfitted with secure doors that allow access only to those with key cards. 

“This is one of the most secure buildings in the county,” Erwin said. 

On a recent day, employees were milling about, and more than one alarm was set off as the workers discovered they didn’t have access to certain areas.

All medical records will be secured in a high-security room, and only four or five employees will have access.

Eventually the department will capture all health information digitally via laptop computers.

The new facility will also house the department’s environmental services. In the past, animal control officers had to bring specimens for rabies testing through the lobby, Erwin said. The new building allows officers to enter more discretely.

The main switchboard phone number for the new location will be 303-232-6301, with most other numbers remaining the same. The website, jeffco.us/public-health, will remain the same.

Chris Ferguson is a news editor for Evergreen Newspapers. E-mail story ideas to him at chris@evergreenco.com.