FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham celebrated the grand reopening of its public health office and clinic today, August 20.
Health Director Sam Wong said it is the first division of public health office in the state of Massachusetts.
Originally, the clinic was located at Fuller Middle School but was moved to Concord Street because of the school’s reconstruction project.
The ceremony began with a few words from Wong. He thanked everyone that helped the clinic with the process of moving.
Next, Mayor Yvonne Spicer made a few brief remarks. She thanked everybody that helped with the project and also emphasized how this new location could help those in Framingham that are disadvantaged. “Having this facility right here brings us closer to the people that we want to serve, and continue to work for,” she said.
Mayor Spicer also took a moment to recognize the Framingham Medical Reserve Corps and the City’s Public Health Nurse Kitty Mahoney, thanking all of them for their service with the clinic.
Before the ribbon was cut, Dr. David Moore, a member of the board of health, explained what services the clinic provided, and thanked the mayor and the city council. At the end of his remarks, Dr. Moore asked more people to volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps.
After the certification was presented, and the ribbon was cut, staff and residents went inside to tour the new facility and have refreshments.
The health office is open from 8:30 AM-9:30 AM and 4 PM-5 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. On Tuesdays, it is open from 8:30-9:30 AM and 4 PM-6 PM, and on Fridays, it is open from 8:30 AM-9:30 PM. It provides vaccines for children and adults, as well as works to prevent foodborne illnesses and communicable diseases.
When asked about any new services that the health office will offer, Director Wong said there aren’t any right now, but there could be some in the future. “We don’t have any other plans at this moment, but we are thinking about it,” he said.
Photos and report by SOURCE intern Nick Barry, a Westfield State University student.