Friday, March 20, 2015

SWAT ALERT: Students Working Against Tobacco recognized by Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson

Members of the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) team met with Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson before a
Mobile City Council meeting in anticipation of March 18 Kick Butts Day. The students, from area public schools.

Sign held by a student in Cathedral Square during Kick Butts Day on March 18, 2015.
Students from Murphy High School answer questions about the dangers of tobacco on March 18, 2015 in Cathedral Square.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Immunizations staff awarded team GEM and traveling trophy for their service to patients

VACCINES MATTER: The Mobile County Health Department’s Immunizations staff has been awarded the Team GEM for the fourth quarter of 2014. The group was recognized for the work they do ensuring that children and adults receive age-appropriate vaccines in a professional and caring environment. Congratulations, ladies!



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mobile County Health Department's Women's Health Center damaged by fire March 4

A fire believed to have been intentionally set on March 4, 2015, caused damage to
the back of the Women's Center on Cox Street in Mobile.
MOBILE, Ala. – Video surveillance from Wednesday morning captured footage of at least one person damaging the Mobile County Health Department’s Cox Street property that houses a children’s and a women’s health center, among other programs. A fire was set near a back entrance. Windows were damaged and a generator was tampered with, officials said.

 Dr. Bernard Eichold, Health Officer for Mobile County, estimated that less than $10,000 worth of damage was sustained in the incident that began about 4 a.m. March 4, 2015.

No apparent injuries were sustained in the fire that damaged the back of the structure. Images from the health agency’s video cameras are being turned over to investigators with the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department to aid in the investigation, Eichold said.

In the video, at least one adult male wearing a dark, short-sleeve shirt and long shorts could be seen throwing objects at windows. The man was wearing short white socks and dark shoes. He appeared to be bald with no visible facial hair.

The Mobile County Health Department and its primary care division, known as Family Health, uses video cameras at all of its properties to monitor activity 24 hours a day.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Mobile Fire-Rescue at 251-208-MFRD or 251-208-7311. 


Friday, February 13, 2015

New grant funds repairs to former U.S. Marine Hospital that's older than the Statue of Liberty

MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mobile County Health Department was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Alabama Historical Commission through its Capital Enhancements Grant Program, according to Mark Bryant, Grants Coordinator at MCHD. 

The money will be used to help offset the cost for repairs to an original section of the Keeler building that was originally a U.S. Marine Hospital beginning in 1842. During that time, the structure provided a space to care for sick and disabled seaman. In 1955, the U.S. Marine Hospital was converted into a tuberculosis hospital, and was named in honor of Frank S. Keeler.

In 1974, the TB clinic closed. The Saint Anthony Street facility, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, soon changed hands. In December of 1974, the Mobile County Board of Health entered into a lease/purchase arrangement for the building. In 1983, all Mobile County Health Department services were moved to the building located in downtown Mobile.

The structure is older than the Statue of Liberty and remains a landmark to Mobile’s medical history. The first phase of repair work was recently completed, after a construction crew reinforced the northeast corner of the building closest to North Bayou Street with new beams.

Mobile County Health Department named 'Employer of the Year' by Virginia College

MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mobile County Health Department has been named Employer of the Year by Virginia College in Mobile. An award will be presented to MCHD during the college’s upcoming commencement ceremony March 30, 2015 at the Mobile Convention Center.

Alabama’s oldest public health agency was selected for the honor because of the support given to graduates through externship opportunities, offering interview practice, participation on an advisory board, as well as for the training and hiring of new graduates.  MCHD’s Medical Staff Coordinator, Denise Peele, works closely with area colleges and training centers throughout the year to ensure a successful experience for interns and other medical staff.

Virginia College, founded in 1983, is a private institution that offers non-degree and associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in the areas of Health and Medical, Business, Information Technology, Computer Design, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and more with locations in 27 different cities. The schools are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Family Health awarded $10,000 dental equipment grant for Dauphin Island Parkway Health Center

MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mobile County Health Department's Family Health division was recently awarded a $10,000 grant by the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation. The money will be used to help offset the cost of purchasing dental equipment for the Dauphin Island Parkway Health Center.

Among the items to be purchased include an exam chair, lights, an X-ray system, and a computer, said Dr. Kerri Bowie, Family Health's Dental Department director. Bowie said the DIP Health Center, which is in close proximity to at least three public schools and several Head Start programs, will soon be able to provide cleanings, sealants and screenings to children.

Right now, only screenings are available at the DIP Health Center. Dr. Bowie said with a dentist at the site one day a week, she anticipates serving 15 patients a day for a total of 780 encounters a year.

The mission of the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is to increase access to dental care by providing grants to non-profit community clinics that extend the benefits of dentistry to underserved residents in communities across the region.

Family Health's dental clinics provide teeth cleaning and treatment services to children between the ages of 1 and 20 and adults who qualify. Fees are based on a patient’s family size and income.

Services are offered at the Downtown Health Center, Eight Mile Health Center, North Mobile Health Center in Mount Vernon and the Semmes Health Center. Dental services will soon be available at the Southwest Health Center and at the DIP Health Center. To find out about how to qualify for services, call 251-690-8139.