Today marked the start of a new chapter for the Ellis County Public Health Department, which is in the process of leaving its long-time clinic location at 601 Main to open expanded services in a new location.

The county purchased a building at 2507 Canterbury last summer, and renovations have been ongoing. The clinic will open its doors at 7 a.m. Monday, and will be closed today and Friday.

When the new clinic opens, it also will offer expanded services by contracting with APRN Maren Moody.

“Her presence will allow us to provide such services as adult health care, women’s health care and pap smears, sports physicals, back-to-school physicals, kindergarten physicals, sexually transmitted infection testing and acute self-limiting health care, including urinary tract infections, ear infections, conjunctivitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, pharyngitis, seasonal allergies and others,” Health Administrator Kerry McCue stated in a press release.

Appointments can be scheduled by contacting the health clinic at (785) 628-9440. Regular hours are 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 7 to 11 a.m. Friday. The clinic is closed Saturday and Sunday.

Ellis County Commissioner Barbara Wasinger previously said the purpose of the expanded public health services is not to compete with other local clinics, but to provide screening and referral services and help catch any patients who might falling through the cracks.

“It’s a screening position more than anything else to be able to direct people, get people in the direction they need to go with clinics and doctors,” Wasinger said.

The health department has been located at 601 Main for many years. Kansas State University Research and Extension programs will continue to occupy that building.