Thursday March 1, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 1, 2007) Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and Metro Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. Adewale Troutman announced the completion of a major half million dollar ($500,000.00) renovation to the Regional Tuberculosis Service Clinic located in the Department of Public Health and Wellness’s main office at 400 E. Gray Street.
“This major renovation represents yet another important improvement to government infrastructure in this community,” said Abramson. “This new clinic will allow us to better meet the needs of our residents and residents throughout the region.”
Construction and new state-of-the-art equipment were financed through a $25 million bond issue passed by the Metro Council in 2004. The bond issue also funded construction and renovations at several other Metro Government facilities. The clinic had not undergone a major overhaul since it opened in 1968.
The Regional Tuberculosis Service Clinic provides testing and treatment services not only for Louisville Metro, but also for the surrounding six-county area, which includes Bullitt, Shelby, Henry, Spencer, Trimble, and Oldham counties.
The clinic serves about 12,000 people annually for testing, screening and physician consultation. There has been an average of 32 cases of active tuberculosis in Louisville Metro each year for the past five years.
Renovations include the installation of a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system that separates air flow from the rest of the building to contain potential contaminants. The renovated clinic also includes a new isolation waiting room and a sputum induction room with a negative air pressure ventilation system to further contain contaminants from the rest of the building.
Cubicles have been eliminated to comply with federal privacy regulations. Exam rooms have been enlarged and the clinic entrance and restrooms are handicapped accessible. The clinic also has new, state-of-the-art X-ray equipment with the option to convert to digital imaging in the future.
Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. Adewale Troutman said, “The major renovation of our tuberculosis clinic makes us better able to serve the citizens of our community and is part of our strategic plan to continue modernizing and improving the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.”