MARION -- The Central Michigan District Health Department is relocating its Marion office to new and more spacious premises.

The attractive new quarters at 107 E. Main St. will provide a total of nine rooms for consultations and equipment, significantly more space than the two offices available at the previous location.

A Grand Opening celebration is scheduled for Friday Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The public is invited to stop by and meet staff, tour the offices, enjoy refreshments and pick up information leaflets and handouts on the functions and services of the clinic. Flu shots will also be available.

The clinic is open two days a week–Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments at the new location begin today.

A mix of staff includes a nurse practitioner, social worker, registered dietician and registered nurse administer the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as the WIC program.

Family planning services are also available including birth control options, Pap smears and a breast and cervical cancer control program for women ages 40 to 64 without insurance coverage.

The staff also offer a range of other services including immunizations and coordination of care for children with chronic medical conditions.

Anyone who qualifies for the programs is eligible to participate; residency in Marion or Osceola County is not required.

“We’re very excited to have more space,” said Becky Johnson, personal health supervisor for the Osceola County branch office of the district health department. “We’re glad that a lot of people don’t have to drive so far for the types of services we offer.”

Johnson hopes that other providers, such as mental health professionals and the Commission on Aging, will share the new offices and offer an expanded program of local services.

To learn more about health department services and schedule an appointment, call clinic secretary Debra Eisenga, (231) 743-9877.